Stories for December 2010


Friday, December 31

Moffat County Commissioner, Mathers encouraged to consider Senate seat

Commissioner declines, says he will keep eye on applicants

Shortly after State Sen. Al White announced he would resign from his seat in the legislature, a Moffat County Commissioner’s cell phone started to ring. That cell phone belonged to commissioner Tom Mathers and on the other end were several former state senators encouraging the 61-year-old Craig native to throw his hat in the ring for White’s position, he said. White, a Hayden Republican, will be named director of the Colorado Tour­­ism Office on January 11. The Eighth State Senate District Central Committee vacancy committee will soon start looking to replace him. The committee will meet at 2 p.m. Monday to discuss appointing a person to serve the remaining two years of White’s term. The committee will review letters of interest and interview candidates for the position Monday, several of whom have already stepped forward.

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Steamboat's Sue Birch named to Gov.-elect Hickenlooper's Cabinet

VNA leader to direct Colorado health department

Sue Birch, who has been CEO of the Northwest Colo­­­rado Visiting Nurse Association since 1994, will be the next executive director of the state’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. She’ll start in Denver on or about Jan. 18.

Briefs for Friday, December 31, 2010

Culture Night coming to Craig library branch The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries will be hosting Culture Night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month, the library announced in a news release. The next Culture Night is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the library, 570 Green St, and will feature harpist Charleah Firestone. Local residents are encouraged to bring their families for the hour of entertainment provided by local artists.

Rogers: Christmas charity could be better organized

To the editor: I was rather surprised by the lack of organization for the Christmas food baskets for the less fortunate.

Glanville: The normal side raises his hand

I’m torn between the year we should have had and the year that’s sneaking up on us. As life will have it, at present we’re stuck between “a Barack” and a hard place and even as his licked thumb raises to face the direction of the new breeze, we can’t be sure of anything along his version of the beltway. His smiley face idea of ram it down your throat health care was a bust before it was even read. Oops, no one had time to read it before the vote was taken and still nobody stands up and says they did. Now it’s bouncing around the courts as unconstitutional.

Estate of Marianna M. Raftopoulos, Deceased [Case No. 2010PR60]

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Marianna M. Raftopoulos, AKA Marianna Raftopoulos, One and the Same Person, Deceased [Case No. 2010PR60].

Fuel gauge for Friday, December 31, 2010

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $3.29

Annie's Mailbox for Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear Annie: A year ago, I became ill and was in the hospital for a month. I was told that my children were there the entire time. Since then, I have been declared legally disabled. There is some room for improvement in my condition, but it will take a lot of time. I would love to have my old life back, but it isn’t going to happen.

Craig Kum & Go addressing ‘minor fuel problem’

A problem with premium fuel at a Kum & Go station in Craig possibly left at least two vehicles in need of repair. Scott Cook, owner of Cook Chevrolet and Subaru, said his service shop worked on two vehicles this week with “a lot of water” in the gas tank.

‘Offended by injustice:’ book published about Craig area

Former 14th Judicial District Attorney publishes 1st novel

After 40 years of trial work, and being on all three sides of the courtroom as a prosecutor, defense attorney and judge, Carroll Multz has learned a thing or two about the concept of justice. But, one thing stands out to the 74-year-old Grand Junction resident. “I can tell you that justice is not always attained,” he said. However, Multz, who served as the 14th Judicial District Attorney from 1974 to 1981, has penned his first novel, which he hopes will send a different message.

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Low to no heat

Near-record low temps to possibly hit Craig

Clint Durdick was among the few people who braved the wintry weather Thursday afternoon in Craig. Durdick, who shovels sidewalks for work, said he didn’t mind the snow that fell steadily onto a nearly empty Yampa Avenue sidewalk. “It’s job security,” he said.

Blevins: Call for boycott is unsettling

To the editor: The Ministry of Truth and the boycott of the Dixie Chicks are both brought to mind by Kathryn Lopez’s editorial in the Dec. 29 edition of the Craig Daily Press (also in National Review).

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Craig golf course revenue declines in 2010

Despite revenue decline, course manager says course memberships up

In a shortened season, Yampa Valley Golf Course is reporting decreased revenue from last year, but an increase in membership. Jason Back, the interim course manager in 2010, said approximately 19,000 rounds were played this year, representing an 8-percent decrease in revenue from the year before.

Horoscope for Friday, December 31, 2010

APRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — What a wonderful way to end the year with two great things going for you! First is your natural ability to form amicable relationships and second is having Lady Luck in your corner.

Thursday, December 30

Bowling for victories

College football winding down with intriguing bowl match-ups

On the last day of 2010, the NCAA still has some big-time bowl match-ups left. Below are the games on television New Year’s Eve.

Services set for Craig man Justin Bliss

34-year-old local resident died Tuesday after being struck by semi-trailer

Funeral arrangements have been announced for a Craig man who died Tuesday morning.

Andy Bockelman: My top film entries of the year — part 1

Every year, movies come and movies go, with some making more of an impact than others. But, with so many worthwhile entries, the idea of compiling a top 10 list for the year seems impossible. Instead, it seems more appropriate to list the top 20 in two lists of 10.

Janet Sheridan: Worthwhile resolutions

I sometimes promise to improve, but never on Jan. 1, when my brain, sluggish from too much merriment, hatches dubious goals.

On the Record for Dec. 31, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 31, 2010

Oil and gas permits dip for 5th straight year in Moffat County

Since reaching a high not seen since at least 1988, oil and gas permitting in Moffat County continues to decline. In 2006, a high of 120 oil and gas permits were issued, but in recent years, the number of drilling permits in the county has been dropping. In 2007, 68 permits were issued, a number that dropped to 57 in 2008 and 51 last year.

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Craig Chamber of Commerce awarded $11K for Marcia Car maintenance

Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said her organization is in a unique position. “It’s not often that a Chamber of Commerce owns a historical asset,” Oxley said. “Maintaining that historical asset is kind of difficult.” The asset is the 103-year-old Marcia Car, a train car that once belonged to David Moffat, whom Moffat County is named after.

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Red Dogs reap benefits from youth, experience in Craig

When Greg Neal took over as manager of the Craig Red Dogs Men’s hockey team seven years ago, his goal was to make the team more prominent. “The first thing I did was get our team into a league,” Neal said. “The second was to add more tournaments to our schedule.” The Red Dogs are now a member of the Steamboat Sunday Night League and just swept a tournament in Rock Springs, Wyo., over the first weekend of December.

2 seats up for grabs on The Memorial Hospital Board

Jennifer Riley, chief of organizational excellence for The Memorial Hospital in Craig, said a good hospital board member comes to the position with an open mind. “Board members who get (appointed) because they have a particular issue or a particular area they feel is important doesn’t necessarily make for a good board member,” Riley said. “It’s definitely good to get on a board if you have an open mind, and you really want to do what’s right for that particular entity. “That’s true for any board.”

TMH Board approves $45K recruitment incentive

The Memorial Hospital Board was poised to vote Tuesday on an incentive package to recruit doctors to the Craig community. The incentive to be offered by TMH would provide $45,000 for doctors to join or open a private clinic. Incentives like this have been offered before, TMH officials said.

Richard Doran: McConnell the right man

To the editor: There is a matter of great importance taking place Monday at the Moffat County Courthouse in Craig. A replacement will be selected to fill the Republican Senate District 8 seat recently vacated by Al White. The vacancy committee of nine people including the chairs from the six county district will meet to make the choice.

Datebook for Dec. 30

8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Craig Briefs: New Year’s Eve bingo slated

The Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way, will host a special New Year’s Eve bingo session on Friday. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for a regular session of 14 games with a total guaranteed pot of $2,300. Another special bingo session will start at 9:45 p.m. and will cost $5 per book.

EJ Bunk: Thank you for helping

To the editor: My name is EJ Bunk. I was involved in a hit-and-run accident on the evening of Dec. 23. The entities that helped me get through this ordeal are the Craig Police Department, Craig Fire/Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, The Memorial Hospital emergency room personnel and neighbors.

On the Record for Dec. 30

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, Dec. 23 Deputies responded to four requests to assist another agency. Deputies responded to four civil problems.

Sports Briefs: American Poolplayers Association finishes season

The Yampa Valley American Poolplayers Association completed its 16-week season, and winners in five divisions have been crowned. No Whining won the Kachina 8-Ball Division, winning 46 matches. Rawhide took second with 40 matches won and Long Strokers took third with 30 matches won. In the Tatonka 8-Ball DJ Division, Flusterclucks won 45 matches to take first place. Rock Out w/Your Chalk Out took second with 42 matches won, and Joe Mama took third with 41 matches won.

Student News: Robert Syverston

Robert Syverston, of Craig, graduated Dec. 18 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western State College of Colorado, the school reported in a news release.

Horoscope for Dec. 30

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — What needs doing is likely to be done best free from all outside distractions, so if you desire good results, you might want to find an isolated environment in which to operate. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — The marvelous way that you can relate your ideas to others will capture your audience’s imaginations, especially if there is a part they could play in pulling off something fun. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Although a sudden shift in position could turn out to be quite advantageous for you, don’t turn your back on what is tried and true. Both are lucky for you.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter wants mom to stop bad-mouthing dad

Dear Annie: I am a 17-year-old girl, and my parents are in the middle of a divorce. That is not the problem. I am really happy they are divorcing. The problem is, my mother has been telling everyone that Dad had an affair and that The Other Woman is the cause of the divorce.

Wednesday, December 29

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On the right track

Craig Chamber of Commerce awarded $11K for Marcia Car maintenance

Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said her organization is in a unique position. “It’s not often that a Chamber of Commerce owns a historical asset,” Oxley said. “Maintaining that historical asset is kind of difficult.”

Craig man accidentally shoots himself

A 21-year-old Craig resident was injured Monday night when the handgun he was cleaning accidentally went off. The accidental shooting happened at 8:45 p.m. at a home in the 900 block of West First Street, the Craig Police Department reported. In the home, the man was cleaning his gun and apparently did not empty the weapon’s chamber beforehand, Sgt. John Forgay said.

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Craig man dies in early morning highway incident

State patrol identifies victim as Justin Dean Bliss

A 34-year-old Craig resident died Tuesday after being hit by a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 40 in Craig, the Colorado State Patrol reported. Troopers reported that Justin Dean Bliss was walking at about 5:15 a.m. on the highway’s northern shoulder when part of a semitrailer heading west struck him.

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Hoops tradition thriving at Little Snake River Valley

Three years ago, five Little Snake River Valley School girls took the court for a varsity basketball game. There were no substitutes sitting on the bench, but not because players were injured or ineligible, rather because there were only five girls on the team. In the two previous seasons, head coach Jodi Stanley was lucky to have two more players, other than her starting five. “Practice was hard because there was no down time,” Stanley said. “No lines for drills, no slow periods.”

Craig City Council pauses on deer issue

Craig City Council member Terry Carwile thinks this is a “wait and see” time for the council concerning the city’s deer population. After receiving a letter written by the Colorado Division of Wildlife in response to Craig Mayor Don Jones, Carwile thinks it would be wise for the council to pause its activities concerning management of the city’s deer population to see if the organization would follow through with the message of the letter. The response letter, sent to Jones in early December, stated the DOW “remains willing” to respond to the sick, injured and aggressive deer in the city.

Wendy Reynolds returning to Craig to take over BLM's Little Snake office

Northwest Colorado is one of Wendy Reynolds’ favorite places. That’s why the 57-year-old resident of Idaho Springs, Idaho is “delighted” to return to the area where she once worked to take the reins of the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office. Reynolds, currently the field manager for the BLM’s Upper Snake Field Office in Idaho, accepted the position to become John Husband’s replacement.

MCHS swimmers solid this season, preparing for home meet

With the high school swimming season not even a month over, the expectations are already high for the Moffat County High School girls swimming team. However, head coach Meghan Francone said she didn’t set the expectations. “All the girls set their expectations and they are expecting to make them,” Francone said. “It is nice to have a group of girls who are willing to step up.”

Datebook for Dec. 29

9 a.m. to noon. A free consultation on Medicare Part D and Medicare Supplement enrollments takes place today at City Market, 505 W. Victory Way. Call Lloyd Waldron at 303-819-4523. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676.

Editorial: Roster thinner, but not bare

Two physicians with a lengthy track record of service in Craig and Moffat County will soon depart from our community, leaving a small void in the number of health care providers for the foreseeable future. It was reported in Monday’s Craig Daily Press that doctors Catherine Crowe and Greg Roberts are leaving the staff at Moffat Family Clinic, located at 600 Russell St. The exits of both physicians appear to be amicable.

John Kinkaid: Citizen involvement key

To the editor: On Tuesday, I read the article about filling Al White’s State Senate seat with great interest. I wish Al great success in his new position heading the Colorado Tourism Office. Tourism is critical to the state’s economy, along of course, with energy production as we well know. I’m excited to hear that Bob McConnell has submitted a letter of interest for Al’s Senate seat.

Craig Briefs: County commission meeting Thursday

The Moffat County Commission will host its weekly meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda is listed below: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda

Denise Rogers: Plow makes it worse

To the editor: We live in the 500 block of Rose Street. After the recent snowstorm, the city was plowing the streets. Our next-door neighbor waived to his friend operating the city plow coming down the street and pointed to his driveway entrance.

Kent Ketchum: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The Ketchum family would like to thank everyone who sent food and cards.

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting agenda for Dec. 29

The Memorial Hospital Board meeting When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop Road Agenda:

Annie's Malbox: Woman sick of mean stepfather

Dear Annie: My mother passed away two years ago. She had been with “Biff” for about 13 years. Biff is a jerk. Most of the family discontinued all contact with my mother because no one could stand him. I tolerated him, but he made me uncomfortable.

Horoscope for Dec. 29

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Before pushing yourself beyond your limits, be absolutely certain that what you are doing is what you really want. Otherwise, you could end up kicking yourself for getting involved. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Getting in a few digs about people you dislike might make you feel vindicated, but it will do nothing for your image in the eyes of your audience, especially if your comments are unfair. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Don’t give excessive consideration to someone who is a dominating, older individual. It is likely to be a person who will take advantage of your giving nature and push you to the limits.

Tuesday, December 28

Andy Bockelman: ‘The Fighter’ is a knockout sports drama

When a boxer steps into the ring, he expects to have a challenge in front of him. However, as the protagonist of “The Fighter” comes to find, sometimes it’s among one’s own family that you’ll wind up on the ropes.

On the Record for Dec. 29, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 29, 2010

Bad Dogs learn hard work on, off the mat in Moffat County

The Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling program teaches young wrestlers the basics of one of the toughest sports around, head coach Billy Bingham said. More importantly, he said, the program teaches discipline and how to balance the sport with a good education. “We don’t want our wrestlers starting seventh grade as a great wrestler and be surprised when they can’t participate because of bad grades,” he said. “We really stress the importance of working hard in the sport and in school.”

DA hires Craig native as new investigator

Doug Winters never imagined he would be in the situation he is now. “It’s funny — 20 years ago, I left for college and I had my future ahead of me and I was looking ahead, and I hadn’t even thought about coming back to Craig or anything like that,” he said. “As far as long-term goals, I just wanted to move my career forward and go wherever life took me.

Broncos sticking with Tebow for season finale

(AP) — Tim Tebow is awkward and unpolished and even has trouble with the simplest of quarterback tasks: taking the snap from under center after spending his celebrated college career in the shotgun. There's no denying his productivity and passion, though, and his effervescence is infectious. "Forget his delivery and his arm action and his accuracy, he gets the job done," NFL Network commentator Deion Sanders said after watching Tebow post his first NFL win Sunday, when he rallied the Broncos from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to a 24-23 win over Houston.

County commission to interview board candidates

The Moffat County Commission is scheduled to interview candidates for open seats on county boards Thursday. The interviews are slated for 15-minute slots at Thursday’s commission meeting. Commissioner Audrey Danner said the interviews will be a chance for the commissioners to get to know candidates better before the board members are chosen in January.

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 28

The sun was shining Monday, a welcome sight for sure. The last week of the year is going in full gear. Baby New Year is on its way. Hope your Christmas was a very good one. I had some nice times spent with family and friends. I received some cards from friends I hadn’t heard from in a while.

Moffat County Tourism Association Board special meeting agenda for Dec. 28

Moffat County Tourism Association Board special meeting When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Basement conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda:

Craig Briefs: VNA preparing to launch program

Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is hosting a six-week workshop, Healthier Living Colorado, that begins Jan. 13. The class provides self-management strategies for those with chronic conditions. Participants work on goal-setting, positive reinforcement and healthy habits to live a better life, according to a VNA news release. Those with chronic illness and their loved ones are encouraged to attend.

Datebook for Dec. 28

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

On the Record for Dec. 28

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, Dec. 21 Deputies responded to an animal complaint. Deputies responded to six requests to assist another agency.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Traditions trump recipes

We all huddled around the island counter chopping onions, (three bundles per pan, to be exact), slicing spinach (four big handfuls per pan, to be exact), and crumbling up feta (half of a container, to be exact) in order to make Spanikopita for the infamous Greek New Year’s Party. We started with the plan of making three pans in a couple of hours. Well, three pans turned into five, plus some pita rolls. A couple of hours escalated into an entire afternoon, some holiday drinks, and classic country music 2-steps and sing-a-longs.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman concerned for friend

Dear Annie: Recently, my dear friend “Jill” learned that a long-lost high school friend has been incarcerated for nine years. Jill insists on contacting “Alan” and has encouraged our friends to do the same, even though we have not spoken to Alan in more than 13 years. I am scared of what might happen to Jill. The circumstances surrounding Alan’s incarceration are nothing short of horrifying.

Horoscope for Dec. 28

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You’re always someone who takes very seriously what you believe to be constructive advice, but telling others to do the same thing is more difficult for you. You may have to do so regardless. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Spend some q-time with someone you’ve ignored lately due to conditions beyond your control. You might not get this chance again to let this person know s/he is special. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — It might take something really big or special to get you motivated in a way that brings out your ingenuity and talent, but that catalyst is likely to happen. You’ll be glad it did.

2 familiar names surface as possible replacement for Sen. Al White

The effort to find a replacement for State Sen. Al White, who is slated to become the next director of the Colorado Tourism Office, has turned up two familiar names seeking to replace him in the state legislature. Bob McConnell, a former Republican Congressional candidate, and Jean White, Al’s wife of more than three decades, have submitted letters of interest.

Monday, December 27

District attorney hires new investigator

Eagle County detective Doug Winters named DeAngelo’s replacement

After months of searching, 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham has selected a new chief investigator for her three-county judicial district.

On the Record for Dec. 28, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 28, 2010

Sports Spotlight: Nike Cleverly

Age: 17, Moffat County High School senior Sport: Basketball How did you get your start in your sport? “My oldest brothers always played, and so I started.”

Business Beat: New business opens in Craig

Are you looking to clean up the view from your driver’s seat? Nu View Auto Glass is ready to assist you in the task. Having served the Craig area now for about 10 years via a mobile service, the business has now opened a store location at 1115 Yampa Ave. in Craig.

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My Life, My Words: Rodney Klimper — Providing all the pieces for a home

“I’ve been working at Furniture Gallery for four years. I do just about everything: books, ordering, delivering, sales. I fell into it, I just went to work for the owner and as the business expanded and changed direction, it’s where I ended up. Before that, I kind of bounced around, I did some landscaping, different seasonal jobs in Steamboat, some retail. “I like dealing with the people who want to improve what they have, whether they’re looking to get something more value-priced or real fine furniture. We do deliveries all over the region, so we get to deal with all that — houses, people’s different decors. We deal with 120 different companies, we get stuff from all over. We try to run the gamut as far as price, quality, selection. You see furniture stores that have a lot of real high-end stuff, like most Steamboat stores have. We try to give everybody a choice so that they know what they’re doing.

Moffat County program aims to prepare students for workforce

Dana Duran, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, said area students will soon have an opportunity to learn “How to Get Fired.” “Sometimes it’s easier to teach what not to do,” said Duran, of the upcoming tongue-in-cheek tutorial. “How to Get Fired” is just one component of Skills for Success, a program the Boys & Girls Club is sponsoring and launching next month at Moffat County High School.

TMH: Hand washing key in battling winter bugs

With winter comes cold and flu season and, in turn, a good reason to refocus your efforts on the benefits of thorough hand washing. “Hand washing is the single best way to prevent illness and spread of disease and germs,” said Beka Warren, chief quality officer at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. “Of equal importance is washing your hands properly with soap and water, or, if necessary, using hand sanitizer.

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MCHS wrestlers eye Vegas tourney

Injuries and voided weight classes haven’t deterred the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team, coach Roman Gutierrez said. In fact, the coach said his wrestlers have been up to the challenge so far this young season. “The whole team comes in with a goal and is ready to work at achieving it,” Gutierrez said. “They just keep pushing and working hard.”

Changes coming to Moffat Family Clinic

Dr. Larry Kipe said changes are coming to Moffat Family Clinic in 2011. “Pretty soon, I’ll be the sole owner,” Kipe said. “There will be just me and a (physician’s assistant) here.” The clinic, located at 600 Russell St., is losing two of its physicians.

Datebook for Dec. 27

10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 2 p.m. The monthly AARP meeting takes place in the dining room at Sunset Meadows 1, 633 Ledford St. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people ages 50 and older. Call Beverly Chapman at 824-5123.

On the Record for Dec. 27

Craig Fire/Rescue Thursday, Dec. 23 Firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle/ATV crash. Friday, Dec. 24 Firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle fire.

Trish Snyder: What Christmas means

To the editor: Christmas came early for myself, staff and customers at our place of business Thursday. Northwest Tool Repair owner Charles Franklin entered asking, “Who wants a turkey or ham?” His wife happened to be in the shop when he entered, and explained to us that Charles just wanted to spread some Christmas cheer.

H. Neal Glanville: Post-traumatic Santa stress

Notice: This is a real, honest-to-goodness disclaimer. I took no part in this misadventure, and studies have shown that parents who attempt this may cause phobias even Santa Claus can’t buy his way out of. Long ago, when Roy and I were much younger (I believe I was younger then than our sons are now), my beloved brother caught a bit of the weak side flu and decided dressing up as Santa Claus on the eve of his getting there was the way to go. Now, I’m a bit on the sinewy side, but Roy was always older, taller and, much to his dismay, skinnier. Was that, combined with the lack of a Santa suit, going to halt this man on a mission ordered by the weak side?

Craig Briefs: Volunteers needed for Relay for Life

Moffat County Relay for Life is looking for volunteers to serve on the planning committee for the 2011 event, scheduled for July 15 and 16. Anyone interested in being on the planning committee should contact Ken Prescott at 620-3292, or e-mail him at The first planning meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop Road.

Moffat County Commission agenda for Dec. 28

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

Annie's Mailbox: Woman worried about daughter

Dear Annie: I need to know how to react to my 32-year-old daughter when she tells me about what her emotionally abusive husband has said or done to her. “Joan” is a nurse at a hospital. Her domineering husband, “Ray,” is currently unemployed. The two of them are like oil and water. If she says the sky is blue, he says it is raining.

Aging Well: Community spelling bee to highlight senior programs

Event to benefit Routt County Council on Aging, city senior programs and Aging Well

It’s nice to know that some things hardly change. Long ago, neighbors held spelling contests to pass the time and test their intellects. Americans today may have spell check (and a lot of distractions), but their fever for linguistic smarts continues to take root in old-fashioned spelling bees held regularly in schools and communities.

Horoscope for Dec. 27

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Don’t involve yourself in anything in which you can’t use your full strength or muster the forces needed to advance a personal interest. You’ll fail by being sorely inadequate. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — A failure to use your full talents or vivid imagination would be tantamount to quitting before you even got started. All you would do is endow the opposition with powers it wouldn’t normally have. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Shakespeare reminds us never to be a borrower or a lender. Follow this advice, especially in situations that would involve you fiscally with friends.

Sunday, December 26

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Moffat County players contribute to Steamboat hockey squad

In just about every sense, Steamboat Springs and Moffat County have as natural a rivalry as you’ll get. But occasionally, that rivalry gets blurred. Bulldogs become Sailors. Sailors become Bulldogs. For Steamboat Springs High School hockey coach Jeff Ruff, the blurring of that rivalry may help his team reach heights it never has seen.

Saturday, December 25

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MCHS boys hoops team seeking to improve 1-6 record

A two-week break might be exactly what head coach David Bradshaw and the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team needed. After starting the season with a 1-6 record, MCHS winter break means their next game isn’t until Jan. 3. That time off, Bradshaw said, will be used to work on his team’s consistency and confidence.

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MCHS girls basketball team working on patience in prep for WSL play

After opening the season 6-4, Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball coach Matt Ray is still pushing his girls to work hard and improve. “I am still having the girls work on their fundamentals, such as shooting and staying in shape,” Ray said. “They work hard and they need to stay in control the rest of the season.” The girls team practiced most days this week and will continue next week during winter break.

NBA match-ups headline sports viewing options today

After all the presents are opened and before Christmas dinner is served, sports fans will have some options for checking out games on the tube. Starting a busy basketball slate today is Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls (18-9 overall, 7-6 road) traveling to New York to battle Amar’e Stoudemire and the new look Knicks (17-12 overall, 7-7 home) at 10 a.m. on ESPN. At 12:30 p.m., the Boston Celtics (23-4 overall, 10-3 road) head south to take on the Orlando Magic (16-12 overall, 9-5 home) in a rematch of last year’s Christmas showdown.

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Moffat County church leaders bring varying messages of hope, love and faith this holiday season

With an assortment of churches and places of worship, Craig and Moffat County offers a diverse selection for people seeking to tend to matters of the soul. The holiday season is a particularly popular time for people to connect with their spiritual side, and the messages offered to those seekers is wide and varying.

Dead deer prompts concerns over possible mountain lion

A dead deer found Tuesday near Honey Rock Dogs Boarding Kennel prompted concerns from some residents that a mountain lion may be living in the area near the kennel. But, Randy Hampton, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said a mountain lion may not have been the culprit in the deer’s death. However, he added that there’s a good possibility some are around town. The deer was found Tuesday morning by the kennel’s owners, Ed and Shannan Koucherik, and was picked up by DOW personnel near the intersection of 12th and Rose streets.

Local AA groups provide help during holidays

For many people, the holidays are a time festivity and leisure with parties and celebrations aplenty. For alcoholics, however, it’s also a time of temptation, especially for those trying to quit. “There’s all the festivities and the parties and everybody’s (saying), ‘Hey, stop by, let’s have a drink,’” said Bud N., a local resident and member of Alcoholics Anonymous whose full name is being withheld by the newspaper to protect his anonymity. “So, for an alcoholic, it’s the greatest time of the year. But, if you’re trying not to drink, it can be tough because you feel a little bit like, ‘I can’t have fun anymore’, that type of thing.”

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8th-grade students uncover potential energy savings at CMS

Kaleb Bugay, a Craig Middle School eighth-grader, said his eyes have been opened. “Seeing how much energy and how much money we’re spending on lighting just seems unbelievable,” Bugay said. “We’re spending $19,000 (a year) in lighting alone. “It’s unimaginable.”

Craig Briefs: Transport permit applications focus of Dec. 30 meeting

Moffat County will host a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, to approve a revised transport permit application for oversized loads and a proposed resolution adopting the revised transport permit applications. The meeting was originally set for Dec. 28, but was later rescheduled. The public, including interested vehicle owners and operators impacted by the permit, may attend and make oral or written comments regarding the proposed resolution. Written comments may be sent to P.O. Box 667, Craig, 81626.

Moffat County Commission meeting agenda for Dec. 30

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Thursday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

Mike Knez: Leaders need to be more genuine

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to talk about John Boehner. I have heard a lot of pros and cons about his emotional problem. I would like to voice my opinion, as this has stirred emotions. Although I don’t know John, the first time I heard him talk was on Fox News. Then, after John got Speaker of the House, I began to like him more. I listened to him speak and my emotions began to run as his did.

datebook for Dec. 25

9 a.m. St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 678 School St., hosts a Christmas Day service. The service is open to anyone. 9 a.m. Faith Lutheran Church, 580 Green St., hosts a Christmas Day service. The service is open to anyone. 11 a.m. St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 678 School St., hosts a Spanish-language Christmas Day service. The service is open to anyone.

Annie's Mailbox: Tokens of Appreciation on Christmas

Dear Readers: Merry Christmas to one and all. In honor of the holiday, here is a short poem, author unknown: May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, The gladness of Christmas give you hope, The warmth of Christmas grant you love.

Horoscope for Dec. 25

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Conditions look extremely good regarding joint endeavors. However, it might be up to you to make the plans and call the shots. Don't hesitate to take a dominant role when called for. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - Friends and family who have consistently proven to be loyal will once again be supportive of you when needed. They'll be behind you if you have to make a power play. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - Your greatest gratification is likely to come from protecting the interests of those you love. You'll know at a moment's notice those who need help, and you'll act before it's requested.

Friday, December 24

Sports Briefs: Taft Cleverly

Age: 15, Moffat County High School freshman Sport: Basketball How did you get your start in your sport? “Mostly it was my dad and my brothers. They love sports and they love basketball, so I wanted to do it, too.”

Over a Cup: A casserole tailored for Christmas

On Christmas morning, everybody wants to open gifts. Nobody probably wants to cook breakfast. That’s why overnight breakfast casseroles are so great. You just mix up the casserole the night before, let it set in the refrigerator overnight and put it in the oven the next morning.

Church services set for Friday and Saturday in Moffat County

New Creation Church of Craig 7 p.m. today No services Saturday 520 Westridge Road 826-0792 The Journey at First Baptist Church 6 and 8 p.m. today No services Saturday 1150 W. Ninth St. 824-5926

St. Michael’s Kitchen dishes out holiday dinner, approaching 1-year anniversary

Pam Lathrop spent most of Thursday preparing a holiday meal daunting in scope. On the menu: Seven hams, 50 pounds of potatoes, 36 pounds of assorted vegetables, and numerous rolls and desserts. The cooking began at 9:30 a.m. and lasted until early evening. But, the effort was for a good reason.

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CMS girls preparing for season

When it comes to Craig Middle School basketball, eighth-grade coach Candi Hellander said her main priority is to teach the girls fundamentals. “Myself and the other coaches really push the fundamentals, hard and heavy,” Hellander said. “Sometimes the girls just want to play, and we have to keep them focused.” Hellander, who has coached either the eighth-grade or seventh-grade team for three years, has hosted open gym sessions for the girls during winter break.

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Few grievances aired during Festivus in Craig despite capacity crowd

Jenny Jones, owner of Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta, stood near the front of her bustling dining area. The sounds of music and revelers nearly drowned out her voice as she spoke. “I can’t believe how many people showed up,” she said. “Obviously, there’s a lot of ‘Seinfeld’ fans in this town.”

Andy Bockelman: ‘Tron’ is dynamite digital adventure

Video games and computer systems today tend to make the electronics of yesteryear look more like an abacus or a hammer and chisel than cutting edge technology. But, more than likely, 30 years from now, top-of-the-line materials like “Call of Duty” and Blu-ray disc players will end up left in the dust. However, if we continue the way we’re going, humanity will still look about the same on the surface. At least, if you care to view “Tron: Legacy” as a techno prophecy.

Janet Sheridan: A Christmas pageant

I loved the rural community that sheltered me in the early 1950s, and the elementary school that anchored it. The old brick building had creaky wooden floors, hissing radiators, and banks of windows with cranky roller shades. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln kept watch over classrooms filled with wooden desks, and every morning a tower bell summoned us from the playground. In December, a tree stood tall in the cafeteria, smelling of pine and adorned with ornaments created from construction paper and smudged paste. Glitter sparkled on oiled floors, and the voices of children practicing holiday songs drifted the halls.

Craig Briefs: Awareness sessions slated for Jan. 7

Colorado State Parks, in conjunction with the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club, will host free Avalanche Awareness sessions Jan. 7 in the auditorium at Moffat County High School. The sessions are scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. A field session will take place at 9 a.m. Jan. 8 at Black Mountain, and will leave from the Freeman Reservoir parking lot. Courtesy sound checks on snowmobiles will take place at the Freeman parking lot that morning.

Sports Briefs: Snowmobile, cash awarded to raffle winners

The Colorado Snowmobile Association announced winners for a snowmobile raffle. Steamboat Springs resident John Koak took home the first-place prize, a 2011 Arctic Cat M8 snowmobile. Troy Madsen, of Craig, won the second-place prize, $1,000 in cash.

Rose Williams: Thank you for helping

To the editor: The family of Calixto Zamora would like to take this opportunity for a sincere thank you to all the wonderful people who assisted us with my father. We especially appreciate the staff, aides, nurses and doctors of The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

H. Neal Glanville: Crazed hippies doin’ Ajax

This light snow sure brought back memories of my ski bum days, especially the year of John the Canadian, the Norwegian, Carl Washington and I in Aspen. It was in the 1960s, and we all lived in an old motel downtown we called “the dorm.” As life will have it, the “hippie” what-cha-call-it was just starting steam, and we we’re often surrounded by whatever that brought forth.

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My life, my words: Hunter Seim: Living in a familiar culture

“This office has the largest public lands grazing program in Colorado. We have more lands that are grazed under federal permits administered out of this field office, and more permitees, than any other BLM office in the state. This office manages 1.3 million acres. “The busiest time of the year for most of us (at the BLM) is during the spring, especially during the growing season, which usually runs through the last week in May through the first week in July. That’s when we do most of our plant monitoring and stuff like that. My role, since I’m program lead, I have more of the administrative burdens that kind of keep me in the office more than an earlier point in my career.

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Family behind Casa Loya preparing to celebrate restaurant anniversary

In English, the word is “family.” In Spanish, “familia.” Whichever language you pronounce the word in, it’s an important one for Trinidad and Sandra Loya. As the owners of Craig restaurant Casa Loya, the couple have worked for the last decade to bring their family’s traditions and interests to the local community.

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Nicky Boulger grows in step with the Wyman Museum

Nicky Boulger contends she isn’t as cool and collected as she appears. “I’m actually kind of shy,” Boulger said. “I get intimidated pretty easily. I’m not one to stand up for myself. But, this job has really helped.” Boulger, 36, has been office manager for the Wyman Museum since 2005. Her duties as office manager include planning events at the museum such as the annual Pumpkin Patch, Sheep Wagon Days and Winter Festival.

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My life my words: Cody Draper: A specialty in insurance and volunteering

“I was born in Nebraska, but I’m not a Cornhusker. My parents used to farm back there. I remember riding three-wheelers, and just being a kid, I guess. Building forts. I was pretty young. “We moved to Steamboat when I was four or five. I’ve lived in Craig since 1993. We opened up a branch office from Steamboat, and in 1993 we bought out our share here in Craig and changed the name to Draper (Insurance).

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Samuelson family connects over sports, doesn’t let cancer change their outlook

It’s those life-changing moments that define many people. And one might expect the same of the Samuelsons, who were faced with mom Shannon’s leukemia diagnosis in 2008 and several months of subsequent treatment away from home. “Whenever we would leave her everybody would start crying,” her daughter Emma said. “My brother, it was hard on him. He would hold it back, but you could see in his eyes that he wanted to cry.”

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Craig resident Allan Reishus filled with passion for wildlife and outdoors

Life was a little bit simpler for Allan Reishus growing up in southern Minnesota during the 1950s. It was a time the now 63-year-old Reishus treasured catching frogs, shooting his BB gun and exploring the surrounding wetlands. “Probably like most boys in that era at that age, I loved playing in the mud puddles and the streams, creeks and lakes of which there are many in Minnesota,” he said. “I would trouble my mother when she would call me in for lunch or dinner. I’d hide.” It was from these humble experiences that the Craig resident of 35 years developed a passion for wildlife, the outdoors and conservation of the pristine land he once knew so well.

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My life, my words: Sue Bengston: Going wherever I’m needed

“I was born and raised in Milwaukee. So I’m a cheesehead and a Brewers fan, even though I like the Rockies much better. “I bleed yellow and green. “(My husband Michael and I) were high school sweethearts so we have been together for 30 years, but we’ll be married in September for 24 years.

Horoscope for Dec. 24

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — It might not be too important to you, but with all the commotion, minute mistakes can be made. Count your change when shopping and make sure you don’t forget to purchase small items. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Big things aren’t likely to disturb those around you, but little oversights might. Take extra care to make sure you lock your car door and wipe your feet before entering someone’s house. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Be attentive when someone asks you to do something special, especially if it calls for you to get other people to help. You’ll need to get things straight before you can relay instructions to others.

Annie's Mailbox: Husband fighting with stepson

Dear Annie: I’ve been married to a wonderful man for 26 years. We are compatible in every way except when it comes to my 28-year-old son, “Jeremy.” Jeremy has epilepsy, diabetes and a host of other problems. Recently, the two of them had a terrible fight. Jeremy put all of his belongings in a bag and left. We had no idea that he was simply camping out in our backyard.

Thursday, December 23

On the Record for Dec. 23, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 23, 2010

Sports Spotlight: Megan Swedberg

Age: 19 Sport: Bowling How did you get your start in your sport? “I started working at the bowling alley, and I thought I’d join the league because I love bowling.”

Colorado Mining Association files against PUC, plans more

The fighting might have paused, but the war will rage on. At least that’s the mindset of Colorado Mining Association President Stuart Sanderson when it comes to the fallout from the passing of Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. The CMA took a step that Sanderson hopes will continue the fight against the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s approval of Xcel Energy’s emission reduction plans to comply with the bill, which includes converting several units of coal-fired power generation on the Front Range to burn natural gas.

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Moffat County baseball product reflects on season

In June 2010, Chris Winder realized his athletic career was headed in the direction he always envisioned. Winder, a 2008 Moffat County High School graduate, was drafted in the 27th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. “It took me about a month to get over the shock of being drafted,” Winder said. “I had to realize this was my job and I am supposed to be here.”

Pat Pearce: Thanks for the support

To the editor: The Humane Society of Moffat County would like to thank the following: The Jungle and Craig Vet staff for selling the Pet-Mates Calendars. Corrie Ponikvar for conducting the group board training.

Craig Briefs: Governor orders flags lowered

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered flags on all state and federal buildings be lowered to half staff from sunrise to sunset today in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Jose A. Hernandez, 19. Hernandez was killed Dec. 14 in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan while conducting combat operations.

Datebook for Dec. 23

Gov. Bill Ritter orders flags on all state and federal buildings be lowered to half staff from sunrise to sunset in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Jose A. Hernandez, 19, of Pueblo. Hernandez was killed Dec. 14 in the Helmland Province of Afghanistan while in combat. All branches of the Moffat County Libraries are closed today in observance of the holiday. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625.

Sports Briefs: Cougar Bantam hockey team splits doubleheader

The Craig Cougar Bantam division hockey team acheived its first win of the season Saturday against the Ashley Valley Raptors of Vernal, Utah, winning, 2-1. Dillon Porter and Dustin Taylor each scored a goal in the game, while Tyler Gerber and Sarah White each got an assist. The team tied, 1-1, in the second half of the doubleheader, with Porter scoring an unassisted goal.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother wants kids’ feud to end

Dear Annie: Our two children are married with families of their own. The siblings used to get along quite well, but over the past few years, they hardly speak to each other. I don’t know what happened. We threw ourselves an anniversary party, and our son refused to speak to anyone because we had missed his youngest son’s birthday celebration.

Horoscope for Dec. 23

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You’ll deliberately make it a point to draw out others in order to make them feel important, and that’s why friends will be thinking you’re a pretty nifty person. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — For those of you who have merely been killing time, come out of your playpen, turn off the TV and do something constructive. You’ll feel a lot better about yourself when not goofing off. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Instead of spending all your time in your office or home, plan to get outside and see the world around you. Even just running errands will refresh you quite a bit.

Wednesday, December 22

Michelle Balleck: Christmas is here & so is Festivus

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, which means if you still have shopping to do, time has just about run out. But no worries, you can still get it done, if you can dig your car out anyway. I’d like to wish you and your family warm and happy holidays. I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating.

On the Record for Dec. 22, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 22, 2010

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Craig Daily Press helps local children get their requests to Santa

Santa and Mrs. Claus made a special stop at the Craig Daily Press on Dec. 17 to visit local boys and girls. As children visited Santa, they gave him their Christmas letters, which we are publishing here.

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Carelli’s bringing Festivus of ‘Seinfeld’ fame to Craig

Jim Diehl, owner of Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta, surveyed the dining area of his restaurant Tuesday morning. Diehl then pointed to a table near the front door. With his index finger, he traced an imaginary line from floor to ceiling. “I think I’ll put it there,” he said. Diehl was speaking of a 10-foot galvanized pole he’d recently purchased. The pole, Diehl explained, is for Festivus.

Moffat County residents testify in favor of Tri-State controls

Craig resident Frank Moe said it was humbling to sit in a room full of well-paid specialists and lawyers Thursday in Denver. However, after sitting through about four hours of presentations, graphs and slides regarding proposed emission controls at Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s coal-fired Craig Station, Frank realized there was something missing. “I said, ‘In all of the pictures and all of the slides we have seen, you have forgotten something … none of the slides or pictures have shown the people of Northwest Colorado and how your decisions affect us,’” he said. “We feel like we talk, but we don’t know if anybody listens.”

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CJ Walt hat trick keeps Moffat County Club Hockey team undefeated

CJ Walt wasn’t ready to admit defeat Friday night. With his team down, 3-1, at the end of the first period, the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team captain hit the ice with a vengeance. And, though the team was unable to come out on top, Walt was still satisfied with the results.

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Conditions prompt Craig, Moffat County agencies to focus on roads, motorists

Jeff Colton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, suggested this week’s winter storm is a harbinger of things to come. “It looks like you’re heading toward an above-average season as far as snowfall is concerned,” Colton said Tuesday. The culprit, he said, is this year’s La Nina weather pattern.

Case against alleged sex offender in Moffat County continued

A 29-year-old man charged with 40 felonies, including sexual exploitation of children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, appeared Tuesday in Moffat County District Court. The man is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children, a Class 3 felony; four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony; and 33 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, also a Class 4 felony. He is also charged with indecent exposure, a misdemeanor. The suspect appeared in court via video from Moffat County Jail.

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Ribbon-cutting commemorates new Moffat County Ice Arena equipment

Inside the Moffat County Ice Arena, there is no escape from the cold outside thanks to a newly repaired cooling system. Craig youth hockey players, coaches and Craig Youth Hockey Association board members gathered Tuesday night at the arena to commemorate the renovated system with a ceremonial ribbon cutting to thank the Moffat County Commission, which funded the repairs. Commissioner Audrey Danner said the commission spent around $48,000 to repair and rebuild the system in place.

Datebook for Dec. 22

9 a.m to noon. A free consultation on Medicare Part D and Medicare Supplement enrollments takes place at City Market, 505 W. Victory Way. Call Lloyd Waldron at 303-819-4523. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676.

Darlene Moore: A good organization

To the editor: We would like to thank the Christmas for Seniors organization for the gifts given.

Loretta Miesner: ‘Thank you, Kiwanis’

To the editor: Tuesday evening on Dec. 14, I opened my front door to find Santa and two elves from the Kiwanis Club with a gift for me.

Craig Briefs: VNA hosting Celebration of Life

The annual Hospice Celebration of Life is taking place through the end of December at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s office in Craig, 745 Russell St. Visitors may join the celebration of a loved one by placing a personalized ornament on the community Celebration of Life Tree in the VNA lobby. Ornaments and supplies for notation will be provided at no charge. Ornaments may be taken home after the holidays. For more information, call Kathy Darveau at 871-7661.

Wendy McKee: Thanks for plowing

To the editor: Thank you Larry Talkington, of Craig Steel. We thought we were special when you came over and plowed our driveway out, but it is you who is special.

Editorial: Avoiding the trappings of Christmasmania

Lost in all the static sometimes associated with the Christmas season — the stress of buying and wrapping presents, the tedious tasks behind organizing and hosting get-togethers, and the calendar consuming commitments of various functions — is one of the primary benefits of this wonderful time of year. Simply enjoying the company of others. Forgetting this is an easy trap door to fall through, Editorial Board members agree. But, to us, and we’re willing to bet for many of you, this time of year is much better spent appreciating the days leading up to the holiday, rather than blitzing past them.

Annie's Mailbox: Lack of e-mail manners bugs woman

Dear Annie: Why do intelligent, educated people fail to practice the most basic rules of e-mail etiquette? Do they not realize how intrusive many practices have become? One of the most flagrant abuses is to forward a message without removing the names and e-mail addresses of others.

Horoscope for Dec. 22

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Don’t hesitate to take on a number of assignments simultaneously, because the busier you are, the greater your efficacy will be. In fact, put the toughest jobs at the top of your list. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Focus in areas that could provide you with several major, easily achievable goals. Remain positive, because they could put you in the profit column quite swiftly. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Try to make an arrangement to get together with someone who has been on your mind a lot lately, because chances are s/he has been thinking of you as well. Good things could ensue.

Tuesday, December 21

Al White to lead Colorado Tourism Office

State Sen. Al White accepted an appointment Tuesday by Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper. White will submit his resignation from the General Assembly today.

Craig Daily Press adds newsroom staffers

The Craig Daily Press welcomed two new staff members to its newsroom Monday. Josh Gordon and Scott Schlaufman, both 22, are the newspaper’s new sports reporter and general assignment reporter, respectively. Editor Joshua Roberts said the two newcomers bring a diverse set of skills to the Daily Press. “They were our first picks all along,” Roberts said. “Our search to fill the two positions basically started and stopped with Josh and Scott.

Andy Bockelman: Both offbeat, mainstream films help make Xmas merry

Everybody celebrates the holiday season with their own traditions. And, no matter what your plans are, you’ll likely wind up watching some yuletide film selections, whether it’s inescapable favorites like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Home Alone” and “A Christmas Story” or hard-to-find, so-bad-it’s-good features such as “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” But, as with any genre, Christmas-themed movies have their own subsets and branches for multiple tastes. So, whether your favorite thing about the holiday is the fellowship, the generosity or guzzling gallons of eggnog, you can probably find something to your liking from the following list, arranged by categories.

County yet to hear back from governor-elect

About a month after requesting a meeting with Governor-elect John Hickenlooper, the Moffat County Commission has yet to receive a firm response. At its regular Tuesday meeting, the commission discussed the letter it approved and sent to the soon-to-be Democratic governor drafted by the Moffat County Land Use Board requesting a meeting in Moffat County or Denver in early November. The letter also outlined the commission’s stance on energy development in Vermillion Basin, Colorado House Bill 10-1365 and other energy development, land and water management issues.

On the Record for Dec. 21, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 21, 2010

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Moffat County teen’s holiday lights shine bright downtown, at home

Beer commercials aren’t typically a source of inspiration, but several years ago Clint Gabbert had an epiphany while watching one. The commercial featured the house of Ohio resident Carson Williams decked in lights that synchronized with music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. “I saw that and I’m like, ‘I always wanted to do that,’” the 19-year-old Gabbert said.

Jordan Rollins: Solving the problem

To the editor: I see the big bear kill earlier this month has stirred up quite a bit of controversy over whether it should be legal to shoot animals in their dens, as so many people deem it “unethical.”

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MCHS seniors inspired by tourney

It might take a couple of days, but Charlie Griffiths and Cody Nelson will be happy they took home medals from the Warrior Classic. On Saturday night, they weren’t too excited because they wanted medals of a different color. Both Moffat County seniors went into the prestigious tournament with the goal to win. Instead, Nelson finished sixth and Griffiths finished fourth. Both wrestlers lost their medal round matches by one point in the final seconds.

Latest stats reveal rise in county jobless rate

The holidays have been rough for Craig resident Larry Hubbard the last several years. The 49-year-old resident has been out of work since losing his license to drive trucks a few years ago. “If it wasn’t for friends and family and stuff, I might be homeless,” he said Monday while looking at job postings at the Colorado Workforce Center in Craig.

Bulldog Sports for Dec. 21

Today 6 p.m. The Craig Cougar Squirts hockey team plays Oak Creek at Oak Creek Kodiak Ice Arena, 222 Kodiak Lane.

Craig Briefs: Permit applications focus of upcoming meeting

Moffat County will host a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 30 in the conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, to approve a revised transport permit application for oversized loads and a proposed resolution adopting the revised transport permit applications. The meeting was originally set for Dec. 28, but was later rescheduled.

Datebook for Dec. 21

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Margaret Culverwell: Seniors grateful for gifts

To the editor: This recent weekend, gifts were delivered to seniors in our county who participated in the Christmas for Seniors program. The impact that this program has on applicants is almost indescribable. Some seniors actually wait in anticipation of the knock on their door for the delivery of their gift. I’d like the community to know that the recipients were extremely grateful for the gifts. They were also very touched that their community cared enough to make sure they had a gift to open on Christmas morning.

John Burke: Help with hearing aids

To the editor: In November 2009, a boy in the Moffat County School District received a hearing test at school, which determined that he has an educationally significant hearing loss. His parents said his hearing loss affects him in many ways at home and at school. At times, he cannot hear what instruction his teachers and/or parents give him and, in turn, he is unable to comply and follow through.

H. Neal Glanville: Tickle Me Elmo, and season’s miracles

“De plane, de plane.” Well, maybe not de plane, but Moffat County sure has been hit by the gravy train. First, the county gets a goober of cash, but we still aren’t sure where that’s going. Maybe after all the head-butting is over regarding the rent at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, someone will give us a breakdown of that cash flow.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Memories behind ornaments

Every year, when my mom started on her Christmas kick, it was as if Santa came to town and filled our house with the most vibrant holiday cheer. My mother was so good at Christmas, as both a child and an adult, it was hard for me to believe that there wasn’t a magical element intertwined in all of her holiday décor and spirit. There wasn’t an inch of our house that wasn’t festive, a minute didn’t go by in our day that wasn’t filled with an advent calendar chocolate and there wasn’t a single night in December without every Christmas light lit around the house.

Annie's Mailbox: Man concerned about fiance’s past

Dear Annie: I am living with the girl I fell in love with 40 years ago. “Nancy” and I were separated during the Vietnam War. Last year, we reconnected, divorced our respective spouses and began planning a future together. I told Nancy I wanted an honest relationship, and she agreed. She told me she was sexually abused by her boss’s son and never filed a complaint.

Horoscope for Dec. 21

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You might think you’re being clever when you attempt to camouflage a selfish act from others, but there will be someone who has your number who will out you the moment you try. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — It’s OK to be both realistic and optimistic over the outcome of something important. If you don’t base your instincts only on wishful thinking, everything should come out fine. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Anything you borrow must be treated with the respect you would give to one of your prized possessions. If anything unfortunate should happen to it, it’ll be your responsibility to replace it.

Monday, December 20

Storm blocking flights from YVRA

Several inbound planes unable to land in Hayden today; snow forecast into Friday

A Pacific storm named the Pineapple Express is dumping heavy, wet snow on Steamboat Springs, preventing flights from landing at Yampa Valley Regional Airport today and creating sloppy, hazardous conditions on local roadways. The snow is expected to continue through Friday morning.

Latest stats reveal rise in Moffat County unemployment

Unemployment jumps from 7.8 percent in October to 8.7 percent in November

Regional economist Scott Ford isn’t taking recent economic news lightly. With unemployment rates up in most parts of the state including Moffat County, Ford is seeing that the stress placed on local economies by prolonged unemployment is getting worse. “This is a significantly serious economic time,” he said. “I never want to minimize it and there are always people behind these numbers. “A negative number means somebody got bruised.”

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Two-point quarter dooms MCHS varsity boys hoops team

To give up just five points in one quarter is considered a quality defensive effort in basketball. Unfortunately for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, such an effort was negated when the Bulldogs scored only two points of their own in the same quarter. MCHS finished the first half of its game Saturday against Palisade with 10 points.

On the Record for Dec. 20, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 20, 2010

Business Beat: New year to bring exciting changes to Craig Daily Press

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas this year. The staff and I at the Craig Daily Press and The Print Shop are appreciative of the products and services you allowed us to provide you in 2010, and look forward to working hard on your behalf in 2011.

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My Life, My Words: Alicia Longan

“I do stuff here (at Serendipity Coffee Shop) like help customers and refill coffee and set out the food. I don’t really work here, I’m mostly just a helper. Right now I’m going to school to be a massage therapist. I was supposed to start this fall, but I’ve taken the course before, I just need to get certified. I already have the massage table. I just like helping people feel better.

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Full-court press propels MCHS girls to win

21-6 first quarter key for win against WSL foe

PALISADE – One advantage of having a three-day tournament is that by the third game, a coach has had a chance to scout the upcoming opponent twice in a matter of 48 hours. Matt Ray, Moffat County High School girls basketball coach, had a pretty good idea of what his team could do against Saturday’s opponent, Palisade. “Cortez and Rifle pressed them and it worked well,” Ray said. “I felt pretty good about our chances if we did the same.” The Bulldogs defense made it hard on Palisade to get past half court in the first quarter, and at one point MCHS led 21-4. The quarter ended with the Bulldogs in blue leading the Bulldogs in maroon, 21-6. The rest of the game wasn’t as lopsided, but MCHS finished with a 53-41 win.

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Decking the halls: Kids get creative at third annual Christmas for Kids event at Wyman Museum in Craig

The Wyman Museum’s trove of antiques took a backseat to decidedly younger curiosities Saturday. Amid twinkling lights and the strains of holy carols, the museum was filled with children. “They came in gobs and bunches,” museum employee Benna Haughey said. And yet despite the overwhelming number of children, the museum was surprisingly quiet. Nearly every child was immersed in creating Christmas ornaments. Office manager Nicky Boulger said that’s what Christmas for Kids is all about. “I think this is a good thing for the kids,” she said. “They get together with their parents, and they get to make something with them. “Hopefully it gets them a little more into the Christmas spirit.”

Broadcast news: TV special featuring Craig to air next month on Altitude TV

Teresa Stoffle, a Craig resident and co-owner of Xtreme Mountain Racing, said she hasn’t gotten a sneak peek at the upcoming TV special she helped bring into existence. “I’ve seen teasers of it, and I’m really excited to see the whole thing together,” she said. Stoffle, and the rest of the world, will get their chance to see Craig on the small screen next month when Altitude TV broadcasts a 30-minute episode of PowerSports Adventures filmed entirely in Northwest Colorado. The episode was filmed last year by BAM Film Productions, a production company for the motorsports industry, during Wyman Museum’s Winter Festival.

Sports Briefs for Monday, December 20, 2010

Ski Club offers discount lift tickets Craig Parks and Recreation has begun registration for Ski Club. Ski Club offers Craig residents the opportunity to ski and snowboard in Steamboat Springs at a reduced rate on Saturdays for the rest of the season. For a one-time $10 fee to join, Ski Club members can get lift tickets for $51 for Saturday ski sessions in Steamboat. The price is a flat rate for all ages. Regular lift ticket prices for the season are $97 for adults, $83 for teens and $59 for children. For more information, call Craig Parks and Recreation at 826-2029.

Sports Spotlight: Amber Forquer

Age: 16, Moffat County High School sophomore Sport: Bowling How did you get your start in your sport? “I’ve been bowling since I was 3. My whole family’s pretty involved in it.”

Datebook for Monday, December 20, 2010

Today 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116. 5:30 p.m. The Moffat County Libraries Board meets at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Love and Other Drugs’ is good medicine

Life got you down? Is the daily grind too much to take? What if I told you I had a pill that could solve every single one of your problems? Well, then I’d be lying, but that’s why movies like “Love and Other Drugs” were created, to take your mind off your troubles. Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) is good at two things: selling merchandise and bedding women. And, in his new job, one plays into the other constantly.

Briefs for Monday, December 20, 2010

Library board meeting today The monthly meeting of the Moffat County Libraries Board is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. The meeting is open to the public. Today’s agenda is listed below: • Call meeting to order • Introduction of guests • Public comment • Approve minutes • Treasurer’s report Memorial account bank statement Edward Jones investment report • Chair report • Director’s report • Branch reports: Daily cash log Programs coordinator report Computer census Dinosaur branch report Maybell branch report • Unfinished business • New business Craig Ford lease Geophysical survey permit Executive session: Director’s evaluation • Other items for discussion • Adjournment

Rosemary Potter: Consider Life

To the editor: The killing of a hibernating bear has stirred up some very passionate opinions. It seems to some to be a very unethical way to bag a trophy, no matter if it was a legal action. I have no opinion on that, but I do have a very strong opinion on a similar, but much more serious situation.  

David Burns: Wishing Craig a Merry Christmas

To the editor: This Christmas I would like to thank family, friends and our great city for a wonderful life. My family moved to Craig in 1968 and though it seems another life ago, it is all the same good life. I have met new neighbors recently and I wish everyone coming to town the same degree of satisfaction that my family experienced those many years ago.

Aging Well: Instructors help pave way for better health

Nancy Smith, Mary Morris starting classes to help treat chronic conditions

This is part of a series of profiles about Aging Well fitness and wellness class instructors in Routt and Moffat counties. This feature includes Healthier Living Colorado instructors Nancy Smith in Routt County and Mary Morris in Moffat County.

Horoscope for Monday, December 20, 2010

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Unless you make it a point to be cognizant of your mate’s needs, you are likely to accidentally do something thoughtless. You may think it trivial, but it’s a big deal to him/her. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Take on more responsibilities only if you are absolutely certain that you can comfortably handle them. If your productivity can’t match your industrious zeal, you’ll mess things up.

Annie's Mailbox: The right medicine for a mentally ill sibling?

Dear Annie: My 30-year-old sister is mentally ill and currently lives with my mother. “Stacy” used to live in her own place, but in the past six years, she has become gradually more dependent. She refuses to go anywhere alone and will no longer use the telephone or Internet at all. She has no interaction with anyone outside the immediate family. I’m concerned about Stacy’s well-being, but I’m also worried about my mother, who has become her caregiver. Mom works 80 hours a week and has health issues and needs all the sleep she can get. Stacy shares a room with her and wakes her up frequently during the night to tell her about the voices she’s hearing and the symptoms she’s having. She’s very demanding and won’t leave Mom alone for five minutes. I don’t know what to do. I fear for my sister’s future. My mother says she will eventually live in a group home, but anytime the subject is brought up, Stacy gets angry and says she’ll never go. She doesn’t recognize that she has an illness and is always going off her medication. She’s been in the hospital repeatedly. There are no other family members to take care of Stacy, and even if someone offered, she would refuse. Any advice? ­ — Blame the Disease, Not the Person

Saturday, December 18

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Craig family credits growth to Horizon’s Specialized Services

Conner Herring kneeled on the living room carpet of his family’s Craig home. With his right hand, Conner, 2, drummed a perfect beat on the wooden surface of a coffee table. Boom. Boom. Boom. Conner’s parents and 4-year-old sister sat on the couch behind him.

Bear kill prompts rule consideration in Moffat County

The recent killing of a 703-pound black bear by a Craig resident has Colorado Division of Wildlife officials considering proposing a change in hunting rules. In late November, Richard Kendall shot a possible state record black bear after he tracked it to its cave in Moffat County. Kendall said he shot the bear from about six feet away after entering the cave. Currently, such an action is legal under Colorado hunting regulations, DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said.

Government update for Dec. 18

Moffat County Commission meeting When: Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, moment of silence

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Craig resident eyes revamping track to boost area tourism

Gregg Kolbaba stood in a snowy field Friday. The 38-year-old Craig native fixed his gaze on the land, pointing to a distant hillside. He began to speak about his plans for the land sandwiched between the Moffat County Landfill and Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s Craig Station.

Sports Spotlight: Wyatt Villa

Name: Wyatt Villa Age: 16, Moffat County High School junior Sport: Hockey How did you get your start in your sport? “My parents got me playing it when I was a little kid.”

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MCHS students hosting craft show to raise money for trip to Europe

Jeff Simon, a Moffat County High School social studies teacher, said his participation in class trips to Europe came as a surprise. “They called me out of the blue,” Simon said. “I just came to work one day and my principal said, ‘By the way, you need to go to Spain with the Spanish class so they can have another chaperone there.’” Simon said response was concise. “Awesome,” he said.

Diane Prather: A comprehensive community Christmas card

This author can remember a Christmas Eve tradition when she was growing up with her family on the ranch. After enjoying our Christmas Eve oyster stew and the dishes were cleaned up, we gathered around the dining room table again. It was time to open the Christmas cards. Mom had the stack of cards in front of her, and she opened them, one by one, reading the Christmas greetings and letters. Then the cards were passed around.

Over a Cup: Thumbprint Cookies a festive Christmas treat

The Christmas season and thumbprint cookies just seem to go together. The cookies are small and can be filled with chopped candied fruit, such as cherries, so they look festive when put on a pretty plate with other cookies. And, they aren’t hard to make, either. To make “Thumbprint Cookies,” you’ll need: 1/2 cup soft shortening (half butter), 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed), 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 egg white, 3/4 cup finely-chopped nuts and filling (see examples with the directions).

4 Bulldogs survive 1st day of Warrior Classic

It didn’t take Braeden Peterson to find a way to get his first win at the prestigious Warrior Classic here on Friday. Peterson, a Moffat County High School freshman, opened up his Warrior career against the top seed in his weight class. He was pinned in the first period in the match but he was able to bounce back. Peterson pinned his next two opponents to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament. “Coming into today my goal was to make it to the second day,” he said. “By getting that first win it was a relief. That meant I was one step closer to getting to Saturday.”

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Halftime adjustments work in MCHS girls' favor

Boys lose big at Palisade tourney

At halftime against Montezuma-Cortez High School, Matt Ray set out a challenge to one of his Moffat County Bulldogs. “(Montezuma-Cortez) were raining threes in the first half,” he said. “So I told Maddy (Jourgensen) her job was to make sure that didn’t happen in the second half.” The Panther’s Keely Yanito hit three of the team’s six, three pointers in the half to give Cortez a 33-32 lead going into halftime.

Members of the Interfaith Food Bank: Thanks for donating

To the editor: The Interfaith Food Bank would like to thank the community for the generous donations of food at the KRAI media drive. We received 3,598 pounds of food. At this time of year, any donations we receive are really appreciated, as there are so many in our community that really depend on the Food Bank and all the other organizations that help those in need.

Betty Lackey: Not a courageous act

To the editor: I cannot believe you are praising this man for shooting a black bear in its den. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing brave or courageous in this act. And the bear was probably more scared than the hunter. I hope the laws are changed to prevent this from happening again.

Dwayne and Donna Lougee: Thanks for the luncheon

To the editor: We would like to give a great big thank you to Pam Maneotis and her two Christmas elves for the wonderful luncheon they put together for the seniors Thursday at Tin Cup Grill. Pam and her elves do a wonderful job of making those of us seniors who use this wonderful service that Craig Parks and Recreation has put together be able to go on some great trips throughout the year.

Library board meeting agenda for Dec. 20

Moffat County Libraries Board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. Monday Where: Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Agenda: • Call meeting to order

Datebook for Dec. 18

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, hosts a craft show. Booth space is available. Proceeds go toward helping pay for MCHS students’ trip to Europe this spring. Call Jeff Simon at 826-6596. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa Claus appears at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. 1 to 4 p.m. The third annual Christmas for Kids is at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40. Activities, including visits with Santa and craft projects, are free. Call Wyman Museum at 824-6346.

Craig Briefs: Craft show slated for today at MCHS

Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, is hosting a craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Booth space is available. Funds raised from the event will be used to pay for the cost of MCHS students’ trip to Europe this spring. For more information, call Jeff Simon at 826-6596.

Horoscope for Dec. 18

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Don’t purchase an expensive article for your household if you are undecided about whether you really want it. If your need isn’t imminent or critical, sleep on it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Instead of doing things as correctly as they should be done because of the work involved, you may opt for taking a shortcut, and greatly diminish the value of what you were trying to accomplish. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Treating your financial affairs in a cavalier fashion is asking for big trouble down the line. Serious obligations must be acknowledged and handled accordingly.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman worried about marriage

Dear Annie: My husband and I each have our own profiles on Facebook, and we are “friends,” so we can see each other’s profiles. Several weeks ago, I noticed that he had deleted all pictures of me from his photo album. When I asked him about it, he said it was “accidental.”

Friday, December 17

Bulldogs girls basketball team wins by double digits

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team has tipped off against the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers in the second round of the Palisade High School tournament. The Bulldogs are 4-4 this season. In their most recent game, the team lost to 2-0 Rifle, 53-33, in the first round of the Palisade Tournament.

Bulldogs lose in blowout

Montezuma-Cortez routs MCHS, 57-39

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team has a tough outing against the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers today in the second round of the Palisade High School tournament.

On the Record for Dec. 17, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 17, 2010

Andy Bockelman: New ‘Narnia’ entry treads shallower waters

Where can you find a minotaur, a gang of bouncing, one-footed dwarves, and a kid who recites terrible poetry, all in one place? You can search all over if you like, but you’ll only find these things collectively in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”

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Little Snake River Valley football coach earns postseason honor

For Little Snake River Valley football coach Mike Bates, the triumph of the postseason has carried over into the holidays. This week, the Wyoming Coaches Association named Bates, who led the LSRV Rattlers in Baggs, Wyo., to its first football championship in November, as the 1A six-man coach of the year. Bates was selected by a group of his coaching peers and was the only coach from Carbon County, Wyo., to be so honored.

Pat Jones: A Christmas question

Christmas is a time of joyous celebration for so many of us. We gather with family and friends to exchange gifts and watch the children play with their much-anticipated toys, eat specifically prepared holiday foods and attend special Christmas church services. In the stores, on the radio and at church, we also enjoy the Christmas music that is so much a part of celebrating the season.

Local governments continue safety center talks

The Craig City Council and Moffat County Commission are continuing to discuss the Craig Police Department’s lease of the Moffat County Public Safety Center. Council member Gene Bilodeau outlined to other council member Tuesday a recent meeting between the city and county concerning the possible rent or purchase of the police department’s space in the center. Bilodeau said he and Craig Mayor Don Jones went into the meeting prepared to start discussions of a short-term lease of the department’s space, since the two sides seemed to be “deadlocked.”

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MCHS hoops teams lose in Palisade

Too little, too late. That was how Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball coach David Bradshaw described his team’s efforts on Thursday. Fresh off a 58-56 overtime win against the Grand Junction Central Warriors, the Bulldogs headed to Palisade to face the Rifle Bears.

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Craig Middle School drama students perform annual holiday play Wednesday

Trace Fallon, a Craig Middle School seventh-grader, said drama class is a little intimidating at times. “But, it has its perks,” Fallon said. “It’s a class full of girls.” Fallon was among 24 classmates who performed “Scroogerella Learns Her Lesson” during two afternoon shows Wednesday at the CMS auditorium.

Local fuel gauge for Dec. 17

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $3.19

Environmental reps discuss economic benefits of protected lands, ecotourism in Moffat County

Sasha Nelson, northwest organizer for the Colorado Environmental Coalition, contends there is a deeper, often forgotten meaning to what is commonly thought of as natural resources. “Natural resources are more than minerals,” she said Wednesday. “The natural resources are the air we breathe, the land we walk upon and the water that flows through our country. “At times, we get caught up in the conversation (and) we forget about those resources and that they’re part of the system, as well.”

Sports Briefs: Bulldogs club hockey blanks Steamboat

The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team recorded its second shutout of the season in its 5-0 win Wednesday against Steamboat Springs. Goalie Trent Parrott had 10 saves on the night, bringing his season total to 40. Scorers include Steve Wagner, Conner Pogline, Brenden Spencer, and brothers Jarret and CJ Walt.

Craig Briefs: Volunteers needed to plan Relay for Life

Moffat County Relay for Life is looking for volunteers to serve on the planning committee for the 2011 event, scheduled for July 15 and 16. Anyone interested in being on the planning committee should contact Ken Prescott at 620-3292, or e-mail him at

H. Neal Glanville: Carpe diem, and stay to the light

On Saturday, my twin girls are celebrating another milestone birthday. Well, it’s not actually a milestone for them but for me, that I’ve lived long enough to see them and their sister and brother mature into adults any parent would be proud of and might pay money for, in case someone needs an older child stand-in for the holidays. This year, as in years past, I shall pass on a story to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, so they will know a bit more about their respective parents and their weak-sided grandfather.

William Ronis: Avoiding a new disaster

To the editor: In Thursday’s article titled “Congressman-elect talks with county commissioners about natural resources, economy,” commissioner Tom Gray was paraphrased as saying the best way to help the economy was for government to reduce regulations, telling them “don’t be the problem.” This past year didn’t we learn that reducing regulations about ruined our economy and natural resources? Didn’t we learn that reduced regulations on Wall Street and with home loan companies caused the worst recession since the Great Depression?

Datebook for Dec. 17

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717. 2:30 p.m. Santa Claus is accepting Christmas letters from local children at the Craig Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave. Include first name and age.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman worried for estranged relatives

Dear Annie: How do you deal with people who simply delete their family from their lives? There was no argument or complicated situation. All of a sudden, they are not returning phone calls or e-mails. My sister has done this for the second time, and now my husband’s nephew has cut everyone off. “Dennis” hasn’t spoken to the family for 18 months. I haven’t spoken to my sister for a year.

Horoscope for Dec. 17

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You are likely to have plenty of chances for material gain, yet if your ego provides you with faulty counsel, you may forgo taking advantage of what is at hand. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Having the ability to assess developments realistically won’t be a problem for you. However, trouble could begin when, for some reason, you behave contrary to your better judgment. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Be extremely diligent about your commercial affairs. You could be at the losing end of things if you select to do business with a firm that isn’t what it represents itself to be.

Thursday, December 16

Eateries close at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

YVRA manager hopes to offer hot food within 2 weeks

Hot Dog’n Paradise and HDN Paradise Bar & Grill were shut today because of contract issues with the concessionaire, YVRA Manager Dave Ruppel said. He said he hopes to get a food offering in place within two weeks. The concessionaire hasn't yet returned a call seeking comment.

Janet Sheridan: Blessed moments

When emails are forwarded to 117 people, I tend to delete them, no matter how much amusement, amazement, or inspiration they promise. Recently, however, I succumbed to one that contained descriptions of love written by children. Seven-year-old Bobby supplied an unforgettable response: “Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas, if you stop opening presents and listen.”

On the Record for Dec. 16, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 16, 2010

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MCHS swimming places 5th in Junction

With two meets behind her team this season, Moffat County High School girls swimming coach Meghan Francone feels confident that her team’s most recent times will translate to good results as the season progresses. “I think we’re closer to state earlier in the season this year than we have been in any other,” Francone said. The MCHS swimmers banded together in a weekend meet, the League Relays at Mesa State College. Placing fifth out of 11 teams, the Bulldogs finished strong, not only shaving seconds off their times but also coming closer and closer to state qualifying times.

Moffat County School District to receive $1.3 million windfall

Mark Rydberg, Moffat County School District finance director, had some positive financial news Tuesday for the Moffat County School Board. The school district would soon receive an estimated $1.3 million windfall, he said. On Nov. 23, the Moffat County Commission approved the sale of 13,463.65 acres of minerals to several energy companies.

Craig Briefs: Fundraiser for fire victims Friday

A fundraising auction for Chance and Riley Abney is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the Golden Cavvy Restaurant, 538 Yampa Ave. The Abneys lost their home in a total loss fire Dec. 2. The auction is designed to raise money for the family to replace clothes, furniture and other items, as well as to buy Christmas presents.

Caroling committee: Thanks for the support

To the editor: Thank you, Craig Daily Press, for the excellent coverage of our Christmas caroling. We had 11 people go caroling, about evenly divided between church and community members.

Datebook for Dec. 16

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116. 4 to 6 p.m. A free hot lunch is served at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. The church is looking for volunteers to help set up and cook. Call 824-5330.

Annie's Mailbox: Man afraid to risk friendship

Dear Annie: I am in a bit of a bind. One of my closest friends is like a female version of me. We can talk to each other about anything, from relationships to off-the-wall topics that most people would consider strange. However, when we talk to each other about our recent sexual exploits, some not-too-subtle flirting occurs between us.

Horoscope for Dec. 16

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Optimism is wonderful when realistically applied, but it can be just the opposite when based on false premises. Don’t set goals or targets for yourself that are totally unreasonable. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — When in discussions with friends, you should try to do more listening than talking. There is always plenty of information that you can get from them. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — All you’ll be doing is asking for trouble if you get financially involved in a venture or enterprise that’s promoted by another and about which you know little. Operate within your wheelhouse.

Wednesday, December 15

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Congressman-elect talks with Moffat County Commission

Natural resources, economy, telecommunications top local concerns

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray thinks the county has a friend in Congressman-elect Scott Tipton. “His values and philosophies match Moffat County pretty well, I’d say,” he said. Tipton, a Republican from Cortez, discussed those values and goals with the commission Tuesday during a public workshop at the Moffat County Courthouse.

Michelle Balleck: Stock up — last weekend to shop

With Christmas right around the corner, there are only nine days left to shop for presents, so it’s time to get in gear. I think we’re mostly done but definitely need to get a few more things this weekend. Plus, we’ll be baking up a storm, cleaning house and just getting organized. But between final preparations, make time for some holiday fun this weekend.

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Annual Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot in Craig draws 19 youths

Alexi Goodnow, Josey King, Hannah Walker and Mattie Jo Duzik have been playing basketball together in one venue or another for several years, including the annual Hoop Shoot contest hosted by Elks Lodge No. 1577. Even though this was the last year all four of them will compete together, Goodnow said the latest competition provided exactly what it’s supposed to — a fun time. “It’s always a good experience,” she said.

On the Record for Dec. 15, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 15, 2010

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Dateline NBC takes an interest in Craig for upcoming special

Adam Wald, an associate producer for Dateline NBC, is a long way from home. “I do a lot of traveling in the states, following stories where we find them,” said Wald, who typically works at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Wald said Dateline NBC has found a story in Craig, albeit one that took place more than 30 years ago.

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Bulldogs club hockey team downs Telluride in weekend doubleheader

Mark Samuelson was pleased with how his team performed in its first two games of the season. But, if he had any complaint, it would be how quickly his players went from cool to hotheaded. The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team dominated a doubleheader against the Telluride Lizard Heads on Sunday morning at the Moffat County Ice Arena, leaving the team 2-0 early in the season.

Craig City Council, Moffat County Commission agree to Geokinetics survey

The Craig City Council examined Tuesday a proposal for a seismic exploration survey in the city and portions of the county. Brent Jacobsen, a project manager for Geokinetics, gave the city council an overview of the project, which entails about 53 acres and is expected to start in mid-January and be completed before the summer. The council reached general agreement to allow Geokinetics to conduct their survey, which will look for oil and gas in the area, on city properties and right-of-ways.

Moffat County School Board updated on ELL program

Bill Ronis, the English Language Learner coordinator for the Moffat County School District, said his objective is simple. “We want them to speak English,” Ronis said. “That’s what it’s all about.” Ronis addressed the Moffat County School Board during its Tuesday meeting. Ronis said recent test results indicated the district’s ELL students were lagging.

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MCHS wrestling team takes 1st at Union Duals

“Pin to win” is a mantra that is printed on all kinds of wrestling gear and memorabilia. On Dec. 10 at the Union Duals in Roosevelt, Utah, the mantra became truth for the Moffat County High School wrestling team. “We had to get pins if we were to win because of our open weights,” MCHS coach Roman Gutierrez said. The Bulldogs had four empty weights, which yielded 24 points to their opponents before a wrestler stepped on the mat.

Craig Briefs: CMS drama students performing today

David Morris’ seventh- and eighth-grade drama students will perform an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” called “Scroogerella Learns Her Lesson” at 1 and 3 p.m. today at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. Free consultation today at City Market This fall, most carriers and providers of Medicare Advantage Plans announced the termination of Private Fee for Service plans in Colorado and across the country. Approximately 13,000 seniors in rural Colorado counties are impacted. Medicare Part D, as well as Medicare Supplement information and enrollment, will be available from 9 a.m to noon today at City Market, 505 W. Victory Way. The free consultation will also be provided Dec. 22 and 29.

Lawrence L. Sober: We need to diversify

To the editor: Craig and Moffat County is truly a unique community. We are fortunate to have some very talented and intelligent people in this community. We do not always agree on things like philosophy, religion or politics, but whenever we have a crisis or a family in need, people are quick to forget our differences and then do whatever they can to help out. Our nation, state and local governments will have some really serious issues to face in the coming year. As a nation, we are living on borrowed time and money. What is happening in Europe will soon happen here because taxpayers cannot continue to support all the people who do not pay taxes. Locally, we are facing the loss of both jobs and revenue due to this Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act.

Editorial: So long, governor

According to his office, Gov. Bill Ritter is scheduled to appear in Northwest Colorado today, but that trip won’t include a stop in Craig and Moffat County. No surprise there. Throughout his ineffective term, the governor has done little to improve the lives of residents in our community, and in his last gasp at manufacturing a legacy, helped usher along legislation that could cripple our economy in the future, the Editorial Board contends.

Danny Griffith: A taste of ‘smart pills’

To the editor: When I was a child, my father took me on a hike where we came across a pile of deer droppings. The droppings looked much like a pile of Milk Duds candy. So, I said to my father, “Hey, Dad, look.” Dad replied, “Yep, looks like a big pile of smart pills.”

Karen Vassek: Reindeer scared of Craig

To the editor: News flash. Rumor has it that all presents this year will not be delivered by Santa. Instead, they will be delivered by the mail, FedEx, or UPS.

Datebook for Dec. 15

9 a.m to Noon. A free consultation on Medicare Part D and Medicare Supplement enrollments takes place at City Market, 505 W. Victory Way. Call Lloyd Waldron at 303-819-4523. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s presentation. Call 871-7676. 11:30 a.m. The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meets in the main floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 826-2039.

Horoscope for Dec. 15

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Even if you are in your usual convivial and friendly mood, if you go to a gathering at which someone you dislike is present, you might allow it to sour your mood. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — It’s not like you to be complacent, yet you might allow someone who is jealous of you to rain on your parade, instead of putting this person in his/her place. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — It’ll be your own fault if you discuss an idea about which you’re an optimist with someone who is a known pessimist, and you end up with your enthusiasm being considerably subdued.

Annie's Mailbox: Mother-in-law sick of argument

Dear Annie: My two daughters-in-law, “Dolly and Cynthia,” have been arguing for the past nine years. These women are in their 30s and act like teenagers. They had a shouting match at a grandchild’s birthday party and last week fought publicly in the church parking lot. Dolly lies continually, and Cynthia shouts out four-letter words in front of the kids. I told Dolly we will not be able to do any holiday get-togethers if this situation is not resolved.

Tuesday, December 14

Craig, Moffat County officials support Tri-State proposal

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray said he knows what the result of an environmental coalition’s proposal for emission control technologies at a local power plant would be. It’s a job killer, he contends. Gray was speaking about an environmental coalition’s counter-proposal to a state initiative aiming to build new emission control technologies at Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s Craig Station.

On the Record for Dec. 14, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 14, 2010

Bulldog Sports for Dec. 14

7:45 p.m. The Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team plays Steamboat Springs at Howelsen Ice Arena, 285 Howelsen Parkway. Thursday 3 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team plays Rifle in the first round of the Palisade Tournament. 4:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team plays Rifle in the first round of the Palisade Tournament.

Governor slated to visit Steamboat Springs

Gov. Bill Ritter and First Lady Jeannie Ritter are scheduled to pay a visit Wednesday to Northwest Colorado, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 14

The pace is picking up. People hurrying here and there. I am wondering what do I wear? Yesterday I dared go out and cloudy though it was, I worried naught. But I forgot how temperamental the weather was. Anyway, I try again today. Go see Santa Claus.

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Moffat County resident finds salvation in publishing 1st book

Moffat County resident Jackie Manley said writing her first book has been a long and emotional process. The book, “Saigon Salvation,” is a deeply personal tale that draws off the emotion of a traumatic experience Manley had many years ago, she said. The book was so much of an emotional project for the 53-year-old, that it took 20 years for her to finish writing it.

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New Tri-State controls proposed for Craig station

Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s coal-fired power plant in Craig may soon be receiving new emission control technologies as part of a state proposal, officials confirmed Monday. Tri-State spokesman Brad Jones said the company is currently gathering local support for a proposal to comply with a regional haze program soon to be considered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Jones said the state proposal is in response to a proposed 60-year federal program, which aims to reduce visibility impairments in the country’s national parks and wilderness areas.

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MCHS boys hoops comes back to beat GJ Central

Something had to give Monday night. The host Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team stood 0-3 early in the season. The visiting Grand Junction Central High School Warriors sported an 0-4 mark. Neither team wanted to add another loss to their record, and the two teams played another four minutes to see who could break into the win column.

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MCHS girls varsity hoops team sprints to 65-24 win over Grand Junction Central

For Moffat County sophomore Kyleen Ellgen, being part of a team that’s keyed up for defense can be both a good and bad thing. On one hand, protecting the basket is a must, but as seen in the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team’s Monday night game, too much aggression can cost you points. Fortunately, the Bulldogs had plenty of points to spare.

Craig Briefs: Children’s activities slated at museum

The third annual Christmas for Kids, an afternoon of holiday activities, is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40. Children can make Christmas crafts and ornaments, visit with Santa, take sleigh rides, drink hot cocoa and sing Christmas carols. There is no charge for the Christmas for Kids activities.

Britni Alexander: ‘A+ for a job well done’

To the editor: I wanted to send out a thank you to all whom were involved in any process of the Substance Abuse Prevention Program. Not only were SAPP ticket sales for a good cause, but it didn’t forget to acknowledge all the children who sold the most. A special thanks to the ones who participated in recognition of the children who sold the most from each school.

EDP Board meeting agenda for Dec. 14

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • Call to order

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: ‘Keystone or bust’

As a child, my mother would have to bribe me to get me on the mountain to ski, but when it came to the ocean, I would jump right in. The idea of flying down a slippery slope at high speeds terrified me, partly because at that age I was attached to my mother, and anything that didn’t include her, like ski lessons, weren’t worth my time. It is amazing that much like our tastes change as a kid, so do our hobbies and passions as we grow up.

James B. Mense: Maybe legal, not ethical

To the editor: The story on the front page of the Dec. 4 Saturday Morning Press is the most disgusting thing I have read in a long time. I am a lifelong hunter and am proud of the trophies I have mounted on my wall. However, the idea of shooting a bear after it has entered its den to begin hibernation is repulsive to me.

Datebook for Dec. 14

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

David DeRose: Thank you, COMA

To the editor: Thanks to all those involved with Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse are not enough. We should reflect on the beginning of this effort. To those who were involved, we owe you a great debt from our community. COMA was an effort that was started after the Craig Daily Press ran a series on meth several years ago, and many in our community asked the question, “What can we do?”

Horoscope for Dec. 14

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If your grip is too lax, money will have an easy time slipping through your fingers. Concentrate on plugging the holes to keep safe whatever you had accumulated. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You will be extremely tolerant with an outsider who commits an infraction, but when it comes to a family member who does the same thing, it is likely to be another story.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman having trust issues

Dear Annie: I am a 26-year-old woman, recently engaged to my live-in boyfriend. The other day, I came across an online conversation he had with an ex-fling of his. I know I shouldn’t have snooped, but the word “marriage” came up and I got curious. In the conversation, he said she would always have a piece of his heart and told her that “in another universe,” he would have married her.

Monday, December 13

Hayden's Ray Birch accepts Routt County undersheriff position

Routt County Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins has offered his undersheriff position to Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch, who said today that he'll take the job.

Warrior whooping: MCHS girls rout Grand Junction Central

MCHS varsity basketball team wins home opener, 65-24

The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will play Grand Junction Central High School today at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. Tonight’s games are the first home contests for the girls teams. The girls junior varsity team tipped off at 3 p.m. The varsity team will play at 6 p.m.

Into the win column: Bulldogs claim OT victory

Bulldogs varsity basketball team defeats GJ Central, 58-56

The Moffat County High School boys junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will play Grand Junction Central High School today at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. Tonight’s games are the first home contests of the season for the boys teams. The junior varsity team will play at 4:30 p.m., and the varsity is slated for 7:30 p.m.

On the Record for Dec. 13, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 13, 2010

Annie's Mailbox for Monday, December 13, 2010

Dear Annie: After 18 years of marriage, my husband and I divorced three years ago. My daughter has always been a Daddy’s girl and resents me for divorcing her father. We never see eye to eye on anything. “Keisha” is now 13 years old and lives with her father. Her 11-year-old brother recently told me he wants to live with Dad, too. My son has not been happy living here because he’s often by himself. My ex still lives in our old house where the children grew up, and they still have friends next door. I understand why my kids prefer to live in the old neighborhood, and I want to do what’s best for them. Their dad is a good provider and a loving father, and I believe having a male influence would be especially beneficial for my son. But I don’t want my family and friends to think of me as a bad person for “giving my children away.” And I don’t know whether I can handle seeing my children every other weekend. What do you think I should do? — At a Loss

Horoscope for Monday, December 13, 2010

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Some kind of situation that has caused you a degree of anxiety looks like it will work out wonderfully. In fact, it might even pave the way for something new that you hadn’t anticipated. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Something you didn’t bank on could eclipse your present hopes and expectations, but don’t fret. This new addition might engender a great happening that otherwise would not have occurred.

Datebook for Monday, December 13, 2010

Today 10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Lois at 824-4147.

Sports Spotlight: Mariah Bangs

Mariah Bangs Age: 13, Craig Middle School seventh-grader Sport: Basketball How did you get your start in your sport? “My friends convinced me to try it, and it’s been pretty good so far.” What’s your favorite part of your sport? “I like to work on defensive drills.”

Scotia Pepping: Way to reduce deer and help others

To the editor: The residents of the town of Craig understand all too well the concerns of the deer population in a city. They leave droppings in lawns, increase the likelihood of hitting one in town and the possibility they will cause injury to residents. This past summer, at Lowdy Simpson a stray fawn ran through the stands of the baseball fields and came running straight towards me. Luckily, the deer veered and missed me entirely. Recently a reader posted a comment regarding options as to how a city could reduce deer population in town. This along with my recent experience of being a victim of theft got me thinking about a way that we can reduce the deer population in town as well as help those that are less fortunate.

Briefs for Monday, December 13, 2010

Nurturing Parenting Class registration due Thursday Registration forms for the upcoming Nurturing Parenting Class are due by Thursday. Nurturing Parenting emphasizes the importance of raising children in a warm, trusting and emphatic household, according to a news release. “We believe that a child who is cared for can learn to care for himself and will develop healthy interactions with others,” the release states. “We will look at why each of us parent the way we do and how we can help our children be happy, compliant and respectful.” Classes begin Jan. 11 and run until March 29. They take place from 5 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday at the Moffat County School District administrative building at 775 Yampa Ave. Dinner is provided, along with classes for parents and children. Registration forms can be picked up at the Early Childhood Center, 775 Yampa Ave., or by calling Lynae Ellgen at 328-8138.

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Aging Well: Easy gift ideas for older family, friends

Older relatives and friends may present a challenge when it comes to buying gifts. After all, most have downsized to smaller living spaces and typically don’t need more things. Often, the best gift a person can give an older adult is to spend time with that person. Still, families and friends like to bring tokens of their affection when they visit, or to send a little something to let someone know they are in their thoughts. Like anyone, older adults appreciate items that are useful, engaging or meaningful.

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Fire tax efforts begin to form in Steamboat

The fire district surrounding Steamboat Springs is formalizing its efforts to place a property tax before city voters next year in order to consolidate local fire and emergency services in one funding entity. Such a consolidation would implement a property tax for city residents. A reduction of some of the city’s sales tax, potentially on utilities and food purchases, would offset that property tax. The issue could be one of several local tax measures on the table in 2011.

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My Life, My Words: Frank Morton

“I’ve been (at Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts) for a little over a year. I started out as a full-time assistant manager, and I recently started out as a part-time parts tech so that I could go to (Colorado Northwestern Community College). Right now I’m getting my associate’s degree in art. I wanted to go into the criminal justice program, but since they stopped doing that, this was the closest I could get. Hopefully, my credits will transfer to another college and I can finish up my law degree there. “I want to become a law enforcement officer. My goal is to try to get on with a state patrol agency, but eventually I think it would be cool to get on with United States Marshals Office or the FBI.

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Law enforcement, community gather in Steamboat to remember Sgt. Dale Coyner

There weren’t enough seats in the auditorium. There weren’t enough lines in the signature books for friends and relatives. And there were nowhere near enough tissues Sunday at Steamboat Springs High School, where it felt like all of Steamboat Springs gathered to honor and remember native son Dale Coyner, a sergeant in the Steamboat Springs Police Department, a husband and a father, and a man unquestionably loved by the hundreds in attendance.

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Girls hoops takes seventh, boys eighth in Steamboat tourney

The Moffat County High School varsity basketball teams had similar results in the first two days of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, but Saturday’s games saw the boys and girls get a boost in how they were competing. And, though neither Bulldog team ended up victorious, they each played the strongest they had in the entirety of the tournament. The girls varsity team won its third of three games Saturday morning against the Wolves of Green River, Wyo., in a hard-played 52-27 triumph. The win landed the team in seventh out of eight girls teams in the Shoot-Out. The team lost 47-41 Thursday to Montrose and 45-43 Friday to Castle View. Coach Matt Ray said a win was a welcome change of pace in the series.

Glanville: Moral for the season

As we inch ever closer to the holiest of days, days should be filled with reflection on the past year and what we as individuals can do to make life go a bit easier for those around us. We should demand of ourselves the repayment of each small act of kindness we once received yet choose out of personal greed not to repay, greed that is so overcoming we didn’t even need an excuse when we had the perfect opportunity for payment.

Craig Rotary Club to mentor children in reading

Dr. Greg Roberts said the Craig Rotary Club is all about action. “We do a lot,” he said. “We don’t just sit around and chat.” That observation is evident in the organization’s Reading Buddy program, he said. “One of our goals in Rotary is to help with reading, to help kids be more literate, stronger readers, and also to help kids succeed,” Roberts said. “This project is a way to combine those goals.” In January, the Craig Rotary Club will begin its Reading Buddy program. The club has partnered with literacy coordinator Shannon Samuelson to provide one-on-one reading mentorship with first- and second-graders at Ridgeview Elementary School.

Craig physical therapist forms cancer support group

In 2001, Missy Detzner and her father climbed to the 14,259-foot summit of Longs Peak. Detzner said the beauty and challenge of that hike eventually brought her to Craig. “That was really what sold me,” Detzner said of the mountainous West. “On the way home, I told my dad, ‘As soon as I’m done with school, I’m moving to Colorado.’” Four years later, Detzner fulfilled that promise. After graduating from Marquette University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2005, Detzner packed her bags to take a job at Rehabilitation Services of Craig, where she’s been ever since.

Saturday, December 11

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Winners announced for Boxers & Bras contest in Craig

The Flower Mine & Gift Shop has announced the winners of the Boxers & Bras for a Cause contest. The contest, a fundraiser for the Moffat County Cancer Society, entailed participants decorating and personalizing undergarments to be put on auction.

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Dinosaur fire department receives fire truck from Craig business

Persistence pays off. Just ask Robert Essex, board member of the Artesia Fire Protection District in Dinosaur. For six months, Essex and other members of the fire district tried to broker a trade with John Byrne, owner of Byrne Equipment Sales in Craig.

Over a Cup: Potato casseroles to warm you up

Awhile back, after our kids were here, I had some ham leftover — more than was needed for ham and beans. So, I looked through my “to try” file and found a recipe to use ham and potatoes in a casserole. (I later made the ham and beans, too.) First off, these are the ingredients to use in making “Potato and Ham Casserole.” (Then I’ll explain what happened when I made the casserole.) You’ll need: 6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced; 1 medium onion, chopped; salt and pepper, to taste; 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of cooked ham, cut into 1-inch pieces; 3 tablespoons flour; 3 tablespoons butter or margarine; 21/2 cups milk; and 4 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese.

Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors still accepting donations

Amber Kawcak, organizer for Christmas for Kids, said boys are tougher to shop for than girls. “Girls are a piece of cake. We’ve got them covered,” Kawcak said of this year’s gift drive. “It’s boys gifts that we still need.” Kawcak said the two-day KRAI Holiday Drive was a success, but her organization still needs bicycle helmets, sleds, remote-control cars and more.

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True blues: Passion for blues guitar runs deep for Craig father and son

In 1941, a man brought a recorder to Mississippi. He was looking for anyone to record, really, but found none other than blues legend Muddy Waters. The resulting historical recording session on the plantation where Waters lived still speaks volumes to Craig resident Stephen Ghirardelli today, almost 70 years later.

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MCHS Girls hoops outsized by Castle View

Size can be a big advantage in a basketball game. The Moffat County varsity girls team found that out the hard way in its Friday afternoon game against the Castle View High School Sabercats. Senior Maddy Jourgensen said two words summed up her Castle Rock opposition — “tall” and “muscular.” “They were just a really big team,” she said.

Diane Prather: Promoting learning the 4-H way

Recently, there’s been a nationwide push throughout the 4-H program to increase each 4-H member’s knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and math. The push is known as STEM, the letters derived from each of the disciplines listed in the previous sentence. STEM is also an acknowledgment of what has already been done in this area, as science, technology, engineering and math are incorporated into the project work.

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CMS’ intervention/enrichment period seeing results

Craig Middle School Assistant Principal Jill Hafey acknowledges that the lives of school children are challenging. “Life is not easy these days,” Hafey said. “The kids carry a heavy load with just life itself. And, we add on learning expectations and sports expectations. “These kids just need to know that they can come here and be supported. And, if sometimes they feel like we’re riding on them, it’s because we care.”

Craig Briefs: Arts and Crafts Show this weekend

Centennial Mall is hosting the Winter Arts and Crafts Show today. The show began Friday and continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at 1111 W. Victory Way. The event will feature more than 80 vendors.

Lawrence Sober: Tired of ‘Muslim rights’

To the editor: I, for one, am tired of hearing about Muslim rights and violations thereof. The current administration is dropping criminal charges against known terrorists because of the methods used during interrogations. Namely water boarding, because some believe that we should simply ask these people if they think they are guilty or not. Not once have I heard anyone mention the torture methods that have been used against our military once they were captured.

Sports Briefs: Yampa Valley APA league standings

The following are results for the Yampa Valley American Poolplayers Association in the 14th week of league play. The YVAPA plays at locations around Northwest Colorado, including Mathers Lounge in Craig, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Steamboat Springs, and Rifle Moose Lodge, The Texan, The Sports Corner and Cheermeisters in Rifle.

Bob and Karen Snavley: Thanks for great service

To the editor: We would like to let the community of Craig know about a great guy who went above and beyond the call of duty to help out our family. It was the night before Thanksgiving when the carbon monoxide detector went off in our daughter’s home. Thank God for the detector, which saved the lives of eight of our family members.

Marge Forbes, Phyllis Myers, Debbie Wellman and Robin Hamill: Thank you for helping

To the editor: Once again, our board is thankful for the small community we live in and the great people we neighbor. This summer, the community building had to put in a cistern so the building would have water.

Editorial: Weathering the storm

Anyone who watched Sunday night’s “60 Minutes” interview with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke most likely came away with the same economic reservations some Editorial Board members did. Namely, that despite everyone’s best hopes and wishes for more prosperous times, our economy is still unstable. Bernanke said the U.S. is undergoing its worst economic recovery in history, with unemployment hovering around 10 percent being a primary concern.

MCHS Student Council Advisors Heather Fross and DeLaine Brown: Donations appreciated

To the editor: The Moffat County High School Student Council would like to thank the many MCHS students and staff members, as well as community members, who donated used cell phones to the Cell Phones for Soldiers program and items for the care packages, which will be sent to men and women serving in the military from our local area. We are also grateful to the Craig City Market, Walgreens and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 for allowing us to put collection boxes in their businesses.

Datebook for Dec. 11

8 to 10 a.m. The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic, 785 Russell St., hosts a garage sale. Sale items include office furniture, chairs, telephones, tables, white boards and cork boards, among others. Visitors should enter through the north dock doors on Eighth Street. Cash or check only. 8 a.m. The Elks Lodge hosts the Elks National Free Throw Hoop Shoot Contest at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 East 9th St. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event is open to all boys and girls ages 8 to 13. Call Frank Sadvar at 620-0874. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Centennial Mall hosts the Winter Arts and Crafts Show at 1111 W. Victory Way. Call Centennial Mall at 824-7011.

Government update for Dec. 11

Moffat County Commission meeting When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • 8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence • 8:35 to 8:45 a.m. Consent agenda

Horoscope for Dec. 11

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Success comes to you from being able to discern the differences between constructive suggestions and criticism. Do not to take offense at what is meant as a helpful comment. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Make sure the person who is closest to your heart gets the lion’s share of the attention. You can easily provide it while still being nice and friendly to everybody else. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — What makes material gains more pleasant than usual is your willingness to share the fruits of the labor with those who pitched in, even with cohorts who didn’t contribute as much as you.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman upset with husband’s mooching family

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Kirk” for 23 years. The problem is my in-laws. They always come to us when they are in need, and this occurs on a routine basis. I’m talking loans from $20 to $1000 and borrowing cars, pressure washers, a carpet cleaner (that was returned broken) and everything in between.

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Steamboat hospital buys CT scanner

Yampa Valley Medical Center's new $1.7M machine boasts best technology available

Three years of fundraising efforts involving hundreds of people have paid off for Yampa Valley Medical Center patients. On Tuesday, YVMC CEO Karl Gills volunteered his heart and body to show people the capabilities of the new $1.7 million CT scan machine.

Friday, December 10

On the Record for Dec. 10, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 10, 2010

Parade of Museums set for Dec. 18 starting in Craig

The third annual Parade of Museums, hosted by Wyman Museum, is slated for Dec. 18. The tour departs at 7 a.m. from Wyman Museum, and museum owner Lou Wyman will share stories on the bus ride to Savery, Wyo. Participants will receive a personalized tour of the Little Snake River Museum as well as a light breakfast.

The Rev. Leonard Browning: Reason for the season

I love Christmas. I do get frustrated and at times bogged down in the rush of the season and the ease of diverted attention from the “reason for the season,” but I still love this time of year. The giving and receiving of gifts, lights and laughter, pastries and parties, songs and the story; God becoming fully human and choosing to do so in the way He did still amazes me.

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MCHS boys, girls varsity hoops teams lose at Steamboat tourney

Although playing in different sections of Steamboat Springs High School on Thursday afternoon, the Moffat County High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams shared the same fate in opening round tournament action. Both the boys and girls hoops teams lost to Montrose in the first round of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out. The girls narrowly lost, 47-41, to the Indians, while the boys team lost their season-opener, 67-44.

Local fuel gauge for Dec. 10

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo above. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $3.19

TMH Board approves 3-year strategic plan

The Memorial Hospital Board met Thursday for a special meeting to discuss the hospital’s three-year strategic plan. Carol Davis, associate vice president of Quorum Health Resources, led the presentation. A strategic plan, Davis explained, is a way to identify areas within an organization that need improvement, and to set goals to achieve those improvements.

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Craig resident opens store specializing in metaphysical healing

It started with an astrological chart. When Craig resident Sharon Miller had one drawn for the day she wanted to open her new metaphysical store, Crystal Sanctuary, the results were “phenomenal,” she said. “It all turned out that everything I wanted the shop to be — a learning place, a place where people can come and calm down and decompress — is all in the stars,” the 66-year-old Miller said.

Marge McKenzie: Thank you for helping

To the editor: I would like to thank the community of Craig, St. Michael Catholic Church, the Revs. Jim Fox and Michael Rapp, and parishioners for all their support. And, I could not thank enough my sister Pink Ladies and The Memorial Hospital employees Christy Beckerman and Jen Talkington for all their hard work and long hours.

Ryan Hampton: Hunting takes skill

To the editor: Evidently you have not hunted black bear. You don’t have any idea of the skill involved in tracking bears, nor the guts it takes to be able to hold his composure enough to make the shot necessary to harvest this animal.

Datebook for Dec. 10

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717. Noon to 7 p.m. Centennial Mall hosts the Winter Arts and Crafts Show at 1111 W. Victory Way. Call Centennial Mall at 824-7011.

Land Use Board meeting agenda for Dec. 10

Moffat County Land Use Board meeting When: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday Where: main floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • Call to order

Lorna Tunks: Bullying is disrespectful

To the editor: It was recently called to my attention, again, that my 15-year-old Autistic daughter is being bullied at school. It used to be name-calling, taunting, making fun of her, having her lick the frozen school wall, etc., but now it’s a blatant, “I don’t like you,” bringing her dog food to eat, or having the “retard” ask the popular high school boys out.

Craig Briefs: Permit applications focus of meeting

Moffat County will host a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 28 in the conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting was scheduled to approve a revised transport permit application for oversized loads and a proposed resolution adopting the revised transport permit applications. The public, including interested vehicle owners and operators impacted by the permit, may attend and make oral or written comments regarding the proposed resolution.

Annie's Mailbox: Addict wants help

Dear Annie: I am a 27-year-old man, living with a girlfriend and our 3-year-old daughter. I have a serious problem with drugs, mainly prescription pills. I have tried to quit many times, unsuccessfully. When I don’t have any drugs for 12 hours, I get very sick. I don’t have the money to pay for rehab.

Horoscope for Dec. 10

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — There is an excellent chance that a big change in your affairs could take place that will make it possible for you to realize a huge improvement in your financial prospects. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — By focusing your thoughts on optimistic events, you’ll be able to create opportunities or conditions that will be the envy of everybody, especially your competitors. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — A major change for the better could occur in an area that has been producing sparse returns. This is likely to come about through some changes that you didn’t inaugurate or anticipate.

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Hayden raises water rates, appoints mayor

Debate did not even reach a simmer during Thursday night’s Hayden Town Council meeting, when council members unanimously approved a substantial water and sewer rate increase.

Thursday, December 9

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COMA in Craig has final meeting before disbanding

Organization votes to distribute funding to carry on message

Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse Chairman Joel Sheridan called for a motion to adjourn Thursday. The comment echoed around the room filled with COMA board members. Hours earlier, the board entered into what would be COMA’s last meeting as an organization. Sheridan’s remark, which would cement the organization’s finality, seemed to weigh on the board members.

Craig Red Dogs win Wyoming tourney for second consecutive year

After a discouraging beginning to the hockey season, Greg Neal held his head high Sunday as his team put memories of the last few weeks behind and clinched a tournament title. The Craig Red Dogs Men’s A hockey team won the Rock Springs, Wyo., hockey tournament for the second consecutive year.

Andy Bockelman: ‘127 Hours’ is harrowing tale of survival, self-discovery

From the guy who brought you the lives of junkies in “Trainspotting” and zombies in “28 Days Later” comes a story that can motivate just as well as it can make you squirm — “127 Hours.” Life’s not worth living unless you’re outdoors. That’s the philosophy of sportsman Aron Ralston (James Franco), who spends as much of his free time as possible trekking around the splendor of nature.

H. Neal Glanville: Stupidity incurable

Until about five seconds ago, I had a good column brewing in my head, and then that thinkable thing occurred that causes the weak side to take command. I had one or two paragraphs, OK, a complete sentence, on Gov. Bill Ritter’s endorsement of the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, also known as “B.S.” Bill 10-1365, when it dawned on me: Ron White is right when he says “you can get new eyes that see better than an eagle’s, and legs that will make you run faster than the Bionic Man, they can build you a new hand that can pick up dimes, but you just can’t fix stupid.”

Janet Sheridan: Adventures on Rabbit Ears

I first experienced the deceit of Rabbit Ears when Joel and I drove from Denver to Craig on a balmy June day. New green waved us on, and the air flowed warm under an immense sky, until Rabbit Ears. As we began to climb, fat moist flakes fell through sunshine; I had to stretch out the window to knock clumps of snow off the struggling wipers.

On the Record for Dec. 9, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 9, 2010

Sports Spotlight: Tyler Paxton

Age: 14, Moffat County High School freshman Sport: Wrestling How did you get your start in your sport? “I started in about third grade. My dad got me into it.”

Elks to sponsor annual basketball contest

The shoes toeing the line, the swish of the net and the look on children’s faces when they sink a basket. These are just some of the reasons that Frank Sadvar looks forward to early December. As part of a nationwide program, Elks Lodge No. 1577 will host its annual Free Throw Hoop Shoot Contest at 8 a.m. Saturday at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St. The contest is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 13 with an interest in basketball.

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Craig Middle School 8th-grade hoops wins districts

During his team’s 13th game of the season, Craig Middle School boys basketball coach Steve Loveland was afraid that the Bulldogs were about to hit a run of bad luck. But, not only did the team end the game victorious, they repeated the feat to complete an undefeated season. The eighth-grade boys took home the top honors at the district tournament Saturday, beating host team Rangely, as well as Steamboat Springs, to finish the season 14-0.

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MCHS student picked for program, awarded $5,000 scholarship

When Moffat County High School senior Slade Gurr was called to the principal’s office on Dec. 1, he thought he was in trouble. “Is it bad, bad? Or inconvenience bad? All of these things were going through my mind,” Gurr recalled. Gurr said he was asked by MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger to take a seat. “(Schnellinger) said, ‘You’re parked in the wrong spot,’” Gurr recalled. “He said, ‘We’re going to have to reassign you. You’re going to have to park at the Senate in D.C.’

DOW responds to Craig mayor Don Jones

Craig City Council member Ray Beck said he was pleased with the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s recent response to a letter from Craig Mayor Don Jones. “I think they are showing a willingness to collaborate and work with the city and city council,” he said. “I thought overall that we might have some working solutions that would work for all the citizens of Craig.” Jones’s letter, which was sent in late November, asked for more information on several options for dealing with the city’s deer population.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Morning Glory’: Not the best part of waking up

Films like “Broadcast News” and “Network” have shown audiences just what goes into the thought process of television production and give a clear picture of where the medium is headed, for better or worse. While “Morning Glory” has the same intent, the screen is much more static-filled. When you’re married to your job, getting laid off is even worse than divorce.

Craig Briefs: TMH Board slated for special meeting

The Memorial Hospital Board is scheduled to host a special meeting at 6 p.m. today in conference rooms A, B and C at TMH, 750 Hospital Loop. Action items listed on the meeting are: adjustment to the 2011 budget and approval of strategic plan. The meeting is open to the public. Arts and Crafts Show this weekend Centennial Mall hosts the Winter Arts and Crafts Show this weekend.

Joe Gallegos: ‘Appease everyone’

To the editor: It seems like the voters who voted for the Moffat County Public Safety Center, and the taxpayers who are footing the bill, are being left out of this battle between the Craig City Council and Moffat County over who gets what and for how much. Wouldn’t it benefit everyone if the safety center was kept as is, and the city therefore wouldn’t build a new building? The taxpayers are paying for everything, so why have two buildings, with the large one having a vacancy in it? Who would they put in there to fill that vacancy? No one, so they lose income while it sits empty.

Craig Briefs: Craig BCA Pool League weekly score update

The following are the latest scores for the Craig BCA Pool League following the 12th week of play. League nights are at 5 p.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. Mondays at The Popular Bar. • Sunday night 8-ball (Team, total score) Motley Cue, 1,941

Datebook for Dec. 9

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. KRAI hosts the Holiday Drive, 1111 W. Victory Way. Take donations for Christmas for Kids, Christmas for Seniors, Advocates Crisis Support Services and Interfaith Food Bank. Visit 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9:30 a.m. The Craig Book Club meets at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St. Audrey Kling reviews Muriel Barbery’s novel, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog.” Call Jan Rinker at 824-4136.

Kristy A. Miner: Health records private

To the editor: I was a bit irritated with the article printed last week in reference to Dr. Dennis Kinder and his move to The Memorial Hospital clinic. As a health care professional as well as an occasional patient of Dr. Kinder’s, I was at a loss for a bit of how to address my concerns. I finally realized that the trigger for my reaction could very well be a grammatical error and decided a letter to the editor was in order. In the article, it stated that all of Dr. Kinder’s patient files would be sold to the other clinic at fair market value, according to George Rohrich, chief executive officer of The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Annie's Mailbox: Cheating hubby has woman torn

Dear Annie: I have been married for 16 years. I was recently diagnosed with trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection. My doctor explained that if I have been faithful to my husband, then he must have cheated on me. When I confronted my husband, he denied it. I had symptoms, but some women can have trichomoniasis for decades and not know it.

Horoscope for Dec. 9

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Try to engage in taking more protective action that will directly affect your security instead of thinking nothing could ever happen to you. There are always crooked people around. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — An individual you don’t know too well might approach you regarding going in with him/her on an enticing situation. Check things out thoroughly before getting involved. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Continue to do everything in accordance with your highest standards, because the slightest deviation from doing so could get you into all kinds of trouble. Stay on the straight and narrow.

Wednesday, December 8

Joe DeAngelo turns down Routt County undersheriff job

DeAngelo, the former investigator for the 14th Judicial District, recently took a position with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, which he has called a “dream job.”

Head-on crash on U.S. 40 leaves one critical

A Chevrolet Trailblazer was eastbound west of Hayden when it tried to pass a semitrailer and struck a pickup. One person was critically injured in the wreck, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said.

PUC talks Xcel cost recovery

Plan for complying with coal bill not final

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner is concerned by the speed at which the Colorado Public Utilities Commission is moving toward approving emission reduction plans for Xcel Energy to comply with Colorado House Bill 10-1365. Such a “complex issue,” that could greatly affect the Northwest Colorado coal industry, Danner said, shouldn’t be forced to meet an “artificial deadline of Dec. 15.” “With the wealth of information that they were receiving, I do not see how they can make a thoughtful decision and I am very, very concerned for our community,” Danner said.

Michelle Balleck: The weekend to get in the spirit

If you aren’t in the holiday spirit just yet, this weekend provides plenty of opportunity to plunge in. • Browse through the offerings at the Winter Arts and Crafts Show this weekend, The show runs from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

On the Record for Dec. 8, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 8, 2010

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Craig case sent to District Court

A Craig man’s drug case was bound over Tuesday from Moffat County Court to Moffat County District Court. Bryan Keith Koppe is charged with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

Hayden to consider water rate increase

The Hayden Town Council will consider Thursday whether to raise its monthly water rates by 40 percent and sewer rates 100 percent to make the department sustainable. If approved, base water rate will increase from $19 to $26.60.

Donations accepted today for Colorado Gives Day

Northwest Rocky Mountain Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children will be accepting online donations today during the state-wide Colorado Gives Day, sponsored by the Community First Foundation and FirstBank. Interested parties can donate at until midnight Wednesday. The site will redirect users to, and will allow them to make donations to CASA.

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Moffat County Commissioners fire back at governor’s H.B. 10-1365 endorsement

Two Moffat County Commissioners took issue with a statement released Monday night by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter endorsing Colorado House Bill 10-1365 and encouraging the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to pass plans to implement the bill. Commissioner Tom Gray said Ritter’s statement on the bill, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, is “a straw man vision that embraces higher energy cost and not very much common sense.” “It doesn’t take into account what we have as natural resources in Colorado,” Gray said. “It doesn’t take into account how it affects local communities. It takes into account a vision of higher energy costs and steps in a direction that doesn’t reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

Search and Rescue responds to stuck hunters

First Lt. Mike Toovey said Moffat County Search and Rescue assisted four hunters Monday night whose vehicle was stuck, leaving them in cold conditions for about three hours. “It just got wet out there,” Toovey said. “The mud gummed them up, and they just couldn’t get out.” No one was injured, but Toovey said one of the men was treated for signs of hypothermia.

Craig man bound for district court

A 27-year-old Craig man’s drug case was bound over Tuesday from Moffat County Court to Moffat County District Court. Bryan Keith Koppe is charged with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a Schedule 1 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. Steamboat Springs attorney Ron Smith represented Koppe, who is currently booked in the Sterling Correctional Facility, in court Tuesday.

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MCHS swimming qualifies 2 for state

Climbing onto the diving board Saturday at the Montrose Aquatic Center, Moffat County diver Larissa Grammer felt some butterflies in her stomach about being in competition again. But, her nerves subsided as she did what she does best, plunging off the board with a combination of force and grace. And, by the end of the day, she learned that she had no cause to be nervous for the rest of the season. “It was like there was a weight lifted off my shoulders,” she said.

John Williams: Leaders need to lead

To the editor: I have been following the interest on the deer issue in the Craig paper and have a few comments. First, whether you agree or disagree with the final outcome, Mayor Don Jones and the city council should be applauded for their attempts to do something, as this has been pushed aside too long.

Lawrence Sober: ‘At war with Islam’

To the editor: We are at war with Islam, yet people try to downplay this fact. If the New York City mosque is truly protected by religious freedom, then why does it have to be built exactly in this location? A violation of their religious freedom would not allow a mosque to be built anywhere.

Craig Briefs: Humane Society meeting Monday

The Humane Society of Moffat County will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Ann Anderson at 826-2717.

Datebook for Dec. 8

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries is closed. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. KRAI hosts the Holiday Drive, 1111 W. Victory Way. Take donations for Christmas for Kids, Christmas for Seniors, Advocates-Crisis Support Services and Interfaith Food Bank. Visit 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676.

Editorial: Safety center ceasefire

After months of discussion — sometimes in public and other times behind closed doors — there remains a disparity between our community’s two governing bodies in negotiating the Moffat County Public Safety Center lease. In short, the Craig City Council has offered the county $736,120 to purchase the Craig Police Department’s portion of the safety center. The Moffat County Commission is asking for $1.08 million. Since no agreement has been reached, the city is exploring the option of building its own police department facility. The county, meanwhile, hasn’t yet moved off its asking price.

Sports Briefs: Zirkle named to All-Colorado cross-country team

The Denver Post named Chris Zirkle, who ran cross-country for Moffat County High School and attends Hayden High School, to the All-Colorado Class 4A cross-country team. Zirkle finished third in the Class 4A state championships, covering the 5 kilometers in 16 minutes, 27.02 seconds. He was about 30 second behind overall champion Spencer Wenck of Palmer Ridge.

Annie's Mailbox: Daughter being bullied

Dear Annie: Last year, my 16-year-old daughter had a bout of depression and anxiety and didn’t handle herself well. As a result, she has been shunned by the friends she’s had since 7th grade. “Lauren” has tried to make amends by apologizing, but these girls want nothing to do with her.

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The brotherhood

Five seniors have grown up together on the wrestling mat

Early in his coaching career, Roman Gutierrez had a mentor told him something that has proven true during the Moffat County High School wrestling coach’s successful career. Those words were that if each class of kids can have four or five consistent wrestlers the team will be strong. During Gutierrez’s state championship years that was the case. This year Gutierrez’s senior class of Charlie Griffiths, Cody Nelson, Kye Adams Cody Adams and Ben Winslow represent that ideal.

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Making a splash

MCS girls swim team prepares to go the distance for greatness

Endurance. For Moffat County High School girls swimming coach Meghan Francone, the word has special significance because it’s something she stresses to her team every day. “My girls love me for that,” she said jokingly. But, for many members of the team, the message sank in before the season began. As a returning swimmer, sophomore Hannah Kirk has already seen how a season’s worth of work can pay off under Francone’s coaching, having been part of the 200-meter relay team that narrowly missed going to state last season.

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All in the family

Zach and Angelo Raftopoulos use familiarity, hoops history to help lead boys team

Zach and Angelo (Hodge) Raftopoulos have been around basketball most of their lives. Their older sisters played together on some of the best girls teams in Moffat County High School history. The cousins traveled to watch their sisters play, but they weren’t far from basketball either. “Whenever we got together, it seemed like a basketball game happened,” Hodge said. “(Zach and I) have played a lot of basketball together.”

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The new big man on campus

Matt Ray ready for his role as head girls hoops boss

Turn the clock back 18 years and picture Matt Ray as a high school senior. At the time, he was running wind sprints and working through drills under the observation of coach Craig Mortensen. “I thought Mort was hard and rigid,” Ray said. “Those were through high school eyes. Sometimes I thought I couldn’t ever do anything right for him.”

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Cool temperaments, sharp experience

Club hockey team returning five contributors from last season’s 10-6 squad

Mark Samuelson is new to coaching hockey at the high school level. But, with 11 years of experience coaching in the younger age groups of the Craig hockey scene, he’s run into a few of the players on the Moffat County Bulldogs club team. He knows what he’s getting into and how well the members of his team already know each other.

Horoscope for Dec. 8

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Commercial conditions for buying, selling or promoting a new product look especially promising for you. Give the other guy the same kind of deal you want for yourself. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You’ll find Lady Luck to be in your corner with any endeavor where you’re inclined to put forth some strong effort. Focus your energy on projects that are personally significant. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Conditions on the whole look quite favorable for you, but your strongest possibilities for success are likely to lie in situations that directly affect your financial affairs. Focus on the green!

Tuesday, December 7

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday meeting

The Moffat County Commission approved several items at its meeting Tuesday morning.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Morning Glory’: Not the best part of waking up

Films like “Broadcast News” and “Network” have shown audiences just what goes into the thought process of television production and give a clear picture of where the medium is headed, for better or worse. While “Morning Glory” has the same intent, the screen is much more static-filled. When you’re married to your job, getting laid off is even worse than divorce.

On the Record for Dec. 7, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 7, 2010

Senior Spotlight for Dec. 7

It’s beginning to look more like Christmas. The halls are decked, and the tree is in the lobby and ready to decorate. My apartment is already done, thanks to my daughter, Jane. She brought all my stuff in from her storage shed and next thing I knew, it was up and done.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Moonlight Mile’ lesser but still worthy entry in mystery series

When a writer takes a decade-long break from his most famous characters, you can bet that the new results will be a little different. But, as long as the scribe in question still brings the same skills to the table, there’s not much reason to complain. Such is the outcome of Dennis Lehane’s “Moonlight Mile.” Patrick Kenzie was once a prominent Boston private eye, but his current situation is less satisfying. Working part-time surveillance for a high-profile security firm and getting strung along with the promise of permanent work, worrying about his family is more of a priority than the thrill of a good case.

Annual KRAI Holiday Drive set to begin

Each year, as the snowflakes fall, there is one community event KRAI owner Frank Hanel anxiously awaits. It is a December tradition he holds dear — the annual 93.7, 102.3 KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive. “There is something that brings a tear to your eye every couple of hours,” said Hanel of the annual event, which is hosted by his radio station. “Somebody comes in and says, ‘Hey look, this event really helped me out five years ago. Now I am on my feet, here’s five hundred-dollar bills.

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Upperclassmen carry MCHS wrestlers in season’s 1st competition

The last two years, Cody Nelson had been a little jealous of wrestlers who won the Mountain Vista Survival Tournament. Winners are awarded a big WWE style belt. “Last year, I had a three-way tie for first, but I didn’t get the belt,” the Moffat County High School senior wrestler said. “A guy I pinned ended up with the belt, so I was looking forward to the chance to get a belt this year.” Nelson succeeded in his goal with a 10-0 weekend.

Craig Briefs: Newspaper seeks board members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three or four people to participate on its next Editorial Board, which begins Jan. 3. Editorial Board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the newspaper’s opinion pieces for its Wednesday and Saturday editions. Editorial Board terms last three months. A wide variety of candidates for board positions are desired.

Bulldog Sports for Dec. 7

4:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School boys freshmen basketball team plays Soroco in Oak Creek 4:30 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls freshmen basketball team plays Soroco in Oak Creek 6 p.m. The Moffat County High School girls junior varsity basketball team plays Soroco in Oak Creek

Michael J. Chivington: Killing not honorable

To the editor: On Nov. 20, Richard Kendall, of Craig, crawled into a 703-pound black bear’s cave and shot it from about six feet away. Kendall seemed very proud of himself. What a good boy he was. He killed only because he could, not for food, not to defend himself from attack. He only shoots bears who are cornered in caves and cannot run away or shoot back. One could break a window with a baseball bat, but does that justify breaking windows?

Lorrie Butler: Don’t laugh about deer

To the editor: I agree the deer are beautiful graceful animals. It is something special to see a fawn with spots. If I lived on Round Bottom, Woodbury or Craig East, I would make fun of the deer, too. I live in the old section of town and the deer seem to follow the old Craig ditch. Contrary to some, the deer have not always been here.

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Goodbyes for a reason

Do things really happen for a reason? Did that one call three years ago change your destiny? Was that missed opportunity or tragedy already mapped out in your life plan without you knowing? Did you meet him or her because you will need them in the future for some reason? I think we search all of our lives for these types of answers.

Datebook for Dec. 7

6:50 a.m. The Craig Rotary Club meets at the Golden Cavvy, 538 Yampa Ave. Visitors are welcome to attend. Call 826-4444. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 8:30 a.m. The Moffat County Commission meets at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. The meeting is open to the public. Call 824-5517.

Annie's Mailbox: In-law driving woman insane

Dear Annie: I am at the end of my rope. My mother-in-law is a wonderful, giving person, and I care for her. But, she does not seem to understand boundaries. Last weekend, my daughter and her family came for a visit. I wanted to spend some time alone with them and invited my in-laws to drop by later in the afternoon to see the grandchildren. My mother-in-law showed up two hours early and brought a friend.

Horoscope for Dec. 7

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — It always behooves you to be protective of your cherished possessions, but also watch out for your belongings. Temptation might be too great for one with sticky hands. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — The probability of a request or favor being rejected is greater than usual, so try to handle things on your own. Don’t put yourself in the uncomfortable position of being turned down. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — People in general are more susceptible to accepting advice on important matters without question, so unless you are an expert on something, don’t offer any. It would stink to be wrong.

Monday, December 6

On the Record for Dec. 6, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 6, 2010

Public Utilities Commission examines coal plans, could rule Wednesday

Vince Reed, a Craig resident and electrician at Twentymile Coal Co., spent most of Monday’s daylight hours asleep. He was resting for the hours of hard work awaiting him during his graveyard shift at the coal mine. While Reed slept, however, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission debated emission reduction plans filed by Xcel Energy that he contends could force him and many other miners at Twentymile out of a job. The plans being considered are required by Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. The bill would seek to retire coal-fired generation at several Colorado power plants and re-power those and other plants with natural gas power or modern emissions control technology.


5 p.m. A senior dinner takes place today at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. Call Larry Neu at 824-7145. 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries hosts Family Game Night. The event is open to the public. Call 824-5116. 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Incredible Years Parent Group hosts a dinner and meeting at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. The meeting is open to any parent of a Sunset student. Call school counselor Jackie Schnellinger at 826-6524 or Kim Hernandez at 826-6526.

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Company, residents discuss possible survey project

As Leroy Lee exited a meeting Saturday in the conference room at the Holiday Inn of Craig, he shared a candid assessment with a small group of people assembled outside the door. “I survived,” Lee said. “But, I need to go put a Band-Aid on my butt.” Lee, a geophysical consultant for Gulfport Energy Corporation, was speaking of the question-and-answer session he and two representatives from Geokinetics, Inc., hosted. Geokinetics is a Texas-based company that conducts geological surveys via seismic sounding. In October, the company was commissioned by Oklahoma-based Gulfport Energy to provide a survey of the subsurface of Craig and parts of Moffat County.

Cool head turned circus head

I enjoy the spontaneous conversations I have with you, the readers, about these columns. But, it’s often surprising when you walk up to me and start a conversation about something I’ve written, or take the time to comment on the newspaper’s website, like the gentleman who said, “You must have a three-ring circus in your head,” after reading my thoughts about the Moffat County Public Safety Center. He went on to add that I obviously knew very little about the complicated and often confusing world of politics and perhaps I should stick to the “simple stories” of my youth and forget about “the big stuff.” Well, he’s right about the circus wandering around the weak side of my brain, but in my defense, I’ve been involved in politics since 1960 something, when I ran for school president of the Utah Trade Technical Institute. It all started in my drafting class when the candidates, all 11 of them, started marching through each class convincing us they were the best person for the job.

Giving Trees now up at Kmart and Murdoch's

To the editor: It’s that time of the year again and Kmart and Murdoch’s have been generous enough to allow the Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors programs to put up the Giving Trees again. The Giving Trees have gift requests from local senior citizens and kids. If shoppers would like to donate a gift, they may choose a gift wish tag, purchase that gift and place the unwrapped, unopened gift in the box next to the tree. Applications for the Christmas for Seniors program are available at the Maybell Store, United Way and Sunset Meadows I and II. All senior citizens living in Moffat County are eligible to apply for a gift.

Sports Spotlight

Tanner Rust Age: 14, Rifle High School freshman Sport: Basketball How did you get your start in your sport? “When I was young, my dad and my brother played, and my dad got me started.” Are there any competitors you’re looking forward to playing this season? “Not really, I just want to play one game at a time.” What kind of things do you want to improve on? “Rebounds.”

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Aging Well

Caring for a spouse, parent or loved one is demanding any time of year but can be even more so during the holidays. To-do lists grow longer, and emotions including feelings of isolation and sadness about life’s changes seem particularly amplified during a season wrought with expectation.

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For the family

Craig resident raising money to assist ill daughter

Craig resident Marge McKenzie spent weeks planning, followed by 14 hours of cooking, a weekend benefit dinner. There was a twist, however. She was the beneficiary of the fundraiser. From 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael’s Kitchen, McKenzie and a small group of volunteers served homemade Mexican meals for $8 per person. McKenzie, a 30-year resident of Craig, said proceeds from the fundraiser will allow her to travel to New York and assist her ailing daughter and other family members.

New Restaurant

Local residents launch Hayden steakhouse

Moffat County residents Pat and Ann Marie Roberts, owners of R & R catering, have opened a restaurant in Hayden. The Double Barrel Steakhouse, located at 825 W. Jefferson, is a great place to eat. The menu is filled with great entrees such as hamburgers, chicken fried steak, steak and much more. The food is fantastic. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to close Sundays. You can visit the restaurant at the Hayden location, or call 276-2020 for more information or to book your holiday party.

On the record

Craig Fire/Rescue Saturday, Dec. 4 Firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle crash near Craig City Park. The Memorial Hospital EMS Friday, Dec. 3 An ambulance crew responded to a report of a trauma. An ambulance crew conducted a transport to the airport. An ambulance crew waited on standby for the fire department.

My Life, My Words

Barbara Fix

I’ve been working in Craig for eight years. I’ve moved around a bit, but it’s been with the same group of people. (Natural Health Care Center) opened up about four years ago. I’ve been with them since then. Here, we use natural techniques to treat the body, whether it be hands-on, herbal, acupuncture, chiropractic. There’s no invasive technology or Western medicine.

In brief

Elegance’ novel on book club’s Thursday agenda The Craig Book Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St. Audrey Kling is slated to review Muriel Barbery’s novel, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog.” For more information, call Jan Rinker at 824-4136.

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MCHS hoops team takes second in tourney

With the memories of the previous game fresh in their minds, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team took the court Saturday morning ready for a different result. And, coach Matt Ray said he noticed a new ferocity among his players. “They were really getting in people’s faces all day,” he said. Over the weekend, the Bulldogs placed second out of six teams in the Shanon Johnson Tournament in Vernal, Utah, leaving the team’s early season record at 2-1.

‘Thanks, Mr. Glanville’

To the editor: I would just like to let you know that I love each Monday and Friday’s paper. Why do I love those two, you may wonder? I look forward to Mr. Glanville’s articles. I usually agree with everything he writes and love the personal stories from his youth.

Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: For 30 years, my brother has been unhappily married to a horrible, selfish, evil woman who treats him terribly. Our entire family tolerates her only to keep the peace. Recently, I found out that my brother is involved with a beautiful, kind woman I know. I don’t know what to do. While I can’t stand my sister-in-law, how do I condone his affair? My sister and brother are also aware that he is cheating, but they are in support of it. They want him to leave his awful wife. What should I do? — Caught in the Middle


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Prospects that want to purchase what you’re selling might slip away if you don’t stay on top of things and close the deal. Start writing up the order with the first nod of approval. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — See things for what they are and not for what you fear they might be. Thinking in negative terms is unconstructive and will lead you down the road to Chumpville.

Saturday, December 4

Diane Prather: Tips for a safe Christmas

It’s common to overhear statements like the following these days: “It’s Dec. 1 already, and we don’t have our outdoor decorations up yet,” or “I need to bake so that I can send Aunt Ruth her favorite cookies by Christmas.” Thoughts concerned with getting everything done by Christmas can be overwhelming, indeed. And yet, we need to take care that the holiday is safe for our family and friends, pets and even livestock. For example, consider the placement of outdoor lights, garlands and wreaths. On a ranch they need to be put up out of the reach of cattle and sheep.

Agency warns public about pharmaceutical scam

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warns the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents, according to a recent news release from the Craig Police Department. The DEA claims criminals are posing as agents or other law enforcement officers as part of an international extortion scheme. The criminals reportedly call victims, who in many cases previously purchased drugs via the Internet or by telephone, and identify themselves as agents.

Seismograph company hosting Q&A session in Craig

A company looking to conduct seismic exploration of the area has organized a question and answer session for interested landowners. Geokinetics, a Texas-based company, is proposing a seismic survey of about 53 square miles to look for oil and gas in the Craig and Moffat County area.

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VFW essay contest winners unveiled at Craig Middle School

Mark Wick, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, said participation for this year’s essay contest was higher than usual. “The word is out that the vets are good for Spree Bucks,” he said. Wick and several other members of the VFW were at the Craig Middle School cafeteria Thursday to announce winners of the VFW’s third annual Patriot’s Pen Contest and to hand out awards of Craig Chamber of Commerce Spree Bucks to an assembly of seventh- and eighth-grade students.

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Craig resident nabs 703-pound bear, possible state record

Richard Kendall got on the ground. It was a cold November morning, but the 56-year-old Craig resident didn’t pay much attention to the frozen earth and snow under his body. What consumed his thoughts was the monstrosity resting in the cave ahead of him.

On the Record for Dec. 4

The Memorial Hospital EMS Thursday, Dec. 2 An ambulance crew responded to a medical call. Craig Fire/Rescue Thursday, Dec. 2 Firefighters responded to a vehicle crash.

Over a Cup: Recipes ripe for the season

Whoever heard of Christmas without fruitcake? This week, Beulah Kline, of Craig, sent her recipe for fruitcake. This recipe and my sister Darlene Blackford’s recipe for peanut butter honey cookies are featured in this column.

Andy Bockelman: ‘Unstoppable’ doesn’t quit being entertaining

Just when you think that there’s been a disaster movie made with every conceivable subject matter, the genre keeps chugging along. And, if that’s not an appropriate segue for the movie “Unstoppable,” then what is? As a rookie at the Allegheny and West Virginia Railroad, conductor Will Colson (Chris Pine) is none too happy about having to work with his new partner, Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington), an engineer who’s been with the company nearly 30 years.

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Girls basketball loses season opener, 38-35

For one second Friday night, it looked like the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team was headed into overtime as the ball sailed toward the basket at the buzzer. But, the final shot of the Lady Bulldogs’ first game of the season barely missed its destination. Still, there’s always the promise of a new day, MCHS senior Lauren Roberts said.

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Boys & Girls Club of Craig names 2010 People of the Year

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig has chosen its 2010 People of the Year. Dana Duran, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, said the recognition is tradition. “Each year, the Boys & Girls Club selects an outstanding Man and/or Woman of the year, Volunteers of the Year, and Business of the Year,” Duran said. “And, the kids compete for Youth of the Year.”

Sports Briefs: Aurora student named state’s top football player

Gatorade named Jaleel Awini, of Aurora, the 2010-11 Gatorade Colorado Football Player of the Year. Awini, a senior at Rangeview High School, led the Raiders to the 5A state quarterfinals as the team’s quarterback. His statistics for the season include 1,266 passing yards and 23 passing touchdowns, completing 78 of 136 attempts with a single interception for the season. He also rushed for 1,078 yards on 116 carries, and scored 16 touchdowns. He was named the 2010 Central Metro League Offensive Player of the Year.

Datebook for Dec. 4

8 a.m. Colorado Northwestern Community College is taking students to the annual John Jarvie Winter Festival in Browns Park. The event includes demonstrations in pioneer crafts, including blacksmithing and rope making. Students will depart the Craig campus at 8 a.m. Participants from Maybell will be picked up at the Community Center at 8:45 a.m. Call Mary Morris at 824-1135. 9 a.m. to noon. The Ladies Mite Society’s Annual Christmas Bazaar is at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. The event includes fresh-baked goods, hand-embroidered pillowcases and other handmade items. Call Ina Faye Mack at 824-309 or Ruth Haskins at 824-6024.

Craig City Council: Background on the safety center issue

As members of the Craig City Council, we feel it’s in the best interests of the taxpayers of Craig and Moffat County to share with you the background that helped shape our decision pertaining to the Moffat County Public Safety Center. Our primary intention has been to keep all law enforcement under one roof and spend tax dollars prudently. This column is meant to provide you with the more salient points.

Ron Kruczek: Deal with gas prices

To the editor: Kudos to the Craig Daily Press for publishing the price of gas at the various locations around Craig. This is very helpful in allowing our local residents to shop around for the best deals. Nonetheless, there are some who feel the need to vent regarding what they perceive as unnecessarily high prices. This is not very productive.

Government update for Dec. 4

Moffat County Commission meeting When: Tuesday, Dec. 7 Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

John Kinkaid: Make ‘our voices heard’

To the editor: We have, looming before us, what is termed the largest income tax hike in the history of the United States on Jan. 1. On Dec. 31, the Bush tax “cuts” end. Your take home pay will take a huge hit, at a time when you can probably little afford it. The IRS is waiting for Congress to act (or not). There is, by one estimate, only one week for Congressional action before it’s too late for the IRS to make changes in time for 2011.

Joby, Trent, Abigail and Taya Told: Thanks, Dr. Hepworth

To the editor: Our family wanted to send a very special thank you to Dr. Kelly Hepworth and his staff at Bear Creek Animal Hospital. On the weekend of Nov. 12, we were out of town. Our daughter’s very friendly Australian shepherd, who is partially blind, escaped from our backyard, and we believe at some point on Nov. 13, he was shot.

Jade Wilhite: Pink Ladies wonderful

To the editor: The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers, more affectionately known as the Pink Ladies, have been instrumental not only in the day-to-day operations of the hospital but also in providing items ranging from blood pressure cuffs to diapers. All with the goal of providing for a patient’s comfort and safety. The Pink Ladies strive to make every patient’s experience at the hospital a positive one. One of the comforts day surgery patients may enjoy is the use of iPods that were purchased by the Pink ladies. Patients who do not need to be fully anesthetized during their procedure use the iPods to help them relax during surgery.

Craig Briefs: Community invited to go caroling

The community is invited to join a group who will be Christmas caroling in the evening on Dec. 10. The group will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the north parking lot of First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St., and will travel in cars. The group will sing at Sunset Meadows I and II, Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab, and The Memorial Hospital.

Horoscope for Dec. 4

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Chances are you will be able to operate far more freely now than you will be tomorrow, so do something special that you’ve been putting off doing for a long time. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Instead of trying to run the show, you could be far more productive and effective by keeping a low profile. Of course, stay on top of everything, but don’t try to be the boss.

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Food assistance swells in Routt County

Number of households receiving aid reaches 316 in Routt County

Times are tough and getting tougher in Routt County. The number of households receiving federal food assistance has more than doubled to 316 in two years, and the total amount of those benefits is expected to reach $1.125 million this year and grow to $1.25 million in 2011.

Annie's Mailbox: In-law’s mothball use stressful

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law is coming to stay with us for a weeklong visit. We get along OK for the most part. The problem is that she packs all of her belongings in mothballs — every last item. She keeps mothballs in her closets, her dresser drawers, her bathrooms and bedrooms. She even keeps a big box of them in the hallway of her home.

Friday, December 3

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Ski area officials refute pat-down stories

Ski area officials deny search allegations by Denver Post, 5280

An editorial in Friday's Denver Post that was based on an article in the most recent edition of 5280 magazine calls Steamboat "the most extreme example" of security crackdowns at Colorado ski resorts. The problem, Ski Corp. officials said, is that no such crackdown exists outside of April Fools' Day and closing day.

On the Record for Dec. 3, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 3, 2010

Sports Spotlight: Riley Johnston

Age: 15, Moffat County High School sophomore Sport: Swimming How did you get your start in your sport? “I’ve also swam recreationally, but I thought I’d try it with the team.”

Andy Bockelman: ‘Tangled’: A fairy tale with few split ends

It’s been said but never conclusively proven that blondes have more fun. But, for the title towhead of “Tangled,” that expression probably rings truer than it would for most, since she’s never been out of her room. There’s no finer thief in the land than Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) and consequently, no one gracing more wanted posters. But, he may have gone too far in his latest heist, stealing the tiara of the kingdom’s beloved, long-lost princess.

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Boys freshmen hoops loses to Rifle

The first quarter of a basketball game can often set the tone for the rest of the night. Moffat County High School freshman Kelly Campbell could tell early on that the first game of his high school career would be a tough one. “We weren’t in it in the first quarter, and that’s what did it for us,” Campbell said. Though his team did significantly better for the rest of the game, the early struggle hung over their heads.

Local fuel gauge for Dec. 3

Regular unleaded and diesel prices as of Thursday afternoon. Numbers correspond to the numbers on the photo. Craig: 1. Loaf ‘N Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way • Unleaded: $2.94; Diesel: $3.04

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Stove causes house fire in Craig

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston was the first on the scene early Thursday morning. He took quick note of what his fire department would be faced with over the next several hours — a large fire quickly consuming both floors of a home south of Craig City Hall. “That always presents a certain type of danger, that if you send entry crews in, the floor and stairways leading up to the second floor sometimes are compromised,” he said of having both floors of the house at 333 Taylor St. ablaze. “That’s how firefighters are injured or killed is falling through floors or roofs falling in on them.”

The Rev. Karen Gibson: A time of preparation

I guess as soon as all the leftovers were put away from the traditional Thanksgiving dinner last Thursday, our thoughts turned to Christmas, and maybe Christmas shopping. After all, if anyone turned on a television to watch a football game, opened a newspaper, or listened to the radio or television news on Thanksgiving Day, one was bombarded by commercials about saving money on Christmas items, or broadcasts about how well business owners predict their sales will be this year. I am naming just a few of the ways that we might be influenced to take our focus off the true meaning of Christmas.

Ducks Unlimited set to host annual fundraiser Sunday

Allan Reishus, district chairman of Ducks Unlimited, acknowledges Colorado isn’t known for waterfowl habitats. “Colorado isn’t a major wetlands state like Minnesota or Wisconsin,” Reishus said. “But, we’re particularly important to migratory birds.” For that reason, Reishus said the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited has been supporting wetlands conservation in Colorado for three decades.

Erik Plate: ‘ER will run you dry’

To the editor: Hello, I’m Erik and most of you might have known my mother, the late Kathie Johnson. I recently took a trip to the emergency room after a nasty fall off a four-wheeler trailer last week and suffered a severe ankle sprain.

Datebook for Dec. 3

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 9 to 11 a.m. Playgroup for toddler/preschool-age children takes place at the Early Childhood Development Preschool at the Moffat County School District administrative building, 775 Yampa Ave. Call Kevin at 824-1703 or Ann Anderson at 826-2717. Noon. The Moffat County Tourism Association hosts a special meeting in the MCTA office at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public.

Craig Briefs: MCTA hosting meeting today

The Moffat County Tourism Association is hosting a special meeting at noon today in the MCTA office at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. The meeting is open to the public, and the agenda is below: • Introduction: Call to order, roll call, welcome guests, conflict of interest disclosure

H. Neal Glanville: Falling into a common sense coma

Once again, I’m confused by the apparent inability of the Craig City Council and Moffat County Commission to either reach an agreement or explain to the citizens what the big deal is over sharing the Moffat County Public Safety Center. Is there some internal spat going on over rent, or does somebody want to own the only suitable building? I’d heard from several people and then read in the Craig Daily Press about the county’s early reason for a happy Thanksgiving — a gift of $866,908 from an oil auction.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman worried about father

Dear Annie: Three years ago, my father had a big fight with his sister, my “Aunt Joan.” Aunt Joan did some things that were truly selfish and hurtful, and all of the family agrees that her actions were inexcusable. She has since cut off all contact with the family. The problem is, my father continues to stew over the incident. Every time we see him, he talks about it. He has developed an ulcer and high blood pressure.

Toni Marshall: Thank you, TMH staff

To the editor: I would like to thank The Memorial Hospital in Craig for how comfortable and welcome they made me feel when I was admitted for what I thought was a heart issue. Thankfully, I am fine.

Horoscope for Dec. 3

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If you expect your friends to do things that you won’t, you’re likely to be sadly mistaken. You need to be prepared to set an example if you want to play the leadership role. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Be extremely careful not to inadvertently disregard the trust of another and talk out of turn. You would violate the confidence s/he placed in you if you run off at the mouth. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Don’t be unduly influenced by materialistic things or think others will be measuring your worth by what you have. They will be weighing your worth by who you are.

Thursday, December 2

On the Record for Dec. 2, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 2, 2010

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Speaker in Craig shares film, message about suicide, depression

Speaker Bryce Mackie to screen “Eternal High” film at MCHS

For Tiffany Melton, a Moffat County High School sophomore, Thursday was an emotional day. The cause of Melton’s emotion was a morning presentation from Bryce Mackie, a filmmaker and advocate of suicide prevention and depression awareness. Mackie, a Chicago resident, spoke to an auditorium full of Moffat County High School students. But, it felt as if Mackie was speaking directly to her, Melton said.

Janet Sheridan: A home improvement

Joel and I are familiar with the muddle of remodeling: a tile removal that drifted our house with billows of clinging dust, a wall-papered room that pitted his careful measuring against my slap-dash optimism, and the hanging of updated window coverings, a task that challenged his vocabulary and my sanity. But, the recent installation of a new refrigerator took me to the dark side. My refrigerator is personal, indicative of my character and relationships. Spousal tussles and compromises dictate its content and organization: more footage for salsa than yogurt; more varieties of cheese than produce; frosted beer glasses making it impossible to access the ice cream.

Presentations from suicide survivor, filmmaker aimed at Craig community

Students at Moffat County High School and Hayden High School will hear depression and suicide prevention presentations today and Friday, respectively. And, the speaker, Bryce Mackie, will also present for community members at 7 p.m. today at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

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Craig female hockey players fit in with mostly male teams

Ripley Bellio, Kelsie Pomeroy and Sarah White originally got into hockey because they each had a brother who was interested in the sport. But, they all stayed with it because it was something they found that they loved. Bellio, Pomeroy, White and Taylor Shrode are the female presence on the ice for Craig’s oldest levels of youth hockey.

Cowboy Christmas set for Saturday

Dana Duran, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, said Cowboy Christmas is a big deal. “This is our big, signature fundraising event for the year,” she said. The fifth annual Cowboy Christmas will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Boys & Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. The event features dinner, live music, a Texas Hold ‘em tournament, and silent and live auctions.

Michelle Balleck: Jam-packed weekend of seasonal celebrations

Wowzers, it’s a wild weekend here in Craig, America. There are plenty of events and activities to keep you occupied, so there’s no excuse for boredom. ■ Kick up your boots during the Boys & Girls Club of Craig’s annual fundraiser Cowboy Christmas.

Sports Briefs: Undefeated 8th-grade hoops ready for tourney

The Craig Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team finished its regular season this week, completing a 12-0 record. The Bulldogs defeated Hayden, 38-23, on Monday and Baggs, Wyo., 37-21, on Tuesday. “They all played great, and now we’re just looking forward to the tournament,” coach Steve Loveland said.

St. Michaels: Thank you for support

To the editor: In these days of doubt and economic uncertainty, there is one thing for certain here in Craig USA. The season of giving is alive and well. It was most evident last week at St. Michael’s Community Kitchen. The Thanksgiving meal we were able to provide for so many people would not have been possible had it not been for the staff and fantastic people at The Memorial Hospital.

Annie's Mailbox: Woman fighting with parents

Dear Annie: For my entire life, my parents have favored my younger sister, “Erin,” their only biological child. (My older brother and I are adopted.) When I turned 16, my parents told me to get a job. When Erin turned 16, they paid for everything.

Datebook for Dec. 2

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Senior swimnastics takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Story-time takes place at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. Families can enjoy guest speakers, skits, activities and songs. Call 824-5116. 2 to 4 p.m. Love In The Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley has a coat distribution at Friendship United Methodist and Seventh-day churches at the corner of Seventh and Barclay streets. Anyone who needs a coat may receive one regardless of their income. Love INC limits residents to one coat per person per year. Call Love INC at 826-4400.

Craig Briefs: American Legion hosts bingo Saturday

American Legion hosts bingo Saturday American Legion Post 62 hosts bingo on Saturday evening. The doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way.

Wells family: Thank you for caring

To the editor: The family of James C. Wells wishes to express our deepest thanks to everyone who was so kind and wonderful to us during our time of loss. Whether you sent money, food, cards or called, it meant a lot to us. We will miss him forever.

Horoscope for Dec. 2

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Faced with a situation involving several friends and a much-needed major reorganization, step forward with your suggestions. You’re the one who has the answers to offer. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — It is vital that you not leave anything financially important hanging while you’re on a lucky roll. There are indications that these good vibes will cool off as early as tomorrow. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Take control of your own destiny, and matters that are of extreme personal importance can be advanced to your satisfaction. Do nothing and nothing will come of it.

Wednesday, December 1

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The Memorial Hospital Board authorizes CEO to hire Kinder

Dr. Dennis Kinder said The Memorial Hospital Board of Directors delivered good news at its Tuesday meeting. “Very good news,” he said. At the meeting, the board approved a request by CEO George Rohrich to hire Kinder. Kinder, an internal medicine physician, currently operates Kinder Family Clinic, 595 Russell St., with his wife, Pamela, a doctor who specializes in neurology.

On the Record for Dec. 1, 2010

On the Record for Dec. 1, 2010

Craig Daily Press announces upcoming changes

Beginning Jan. 1, the Craig Daily Press will no longer distribute print editions of the newspaper on Tuesdays or Thursdays, one of several business model changes Publisher Bryce Jacobson announced Tuesday afternoon. The print product will continue to appear on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and the newspaper will continue to deliver classified advertising and news online daily at “We’re excited to make these changes and will continue to produce a product that contains news and information that matters to you, the reader, and will strive to have an audience that will drive customers to your business as an advertiser,” Jacobson said.

Sports Briefs: Elks to host annual Hoop Shoot Contest

The Elks Lodge of Craig will host the Elks National Free Throw Hoop Shoot Contest at Sandrock Elementary School on Dec. 11. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The contest is open to all boys and girls ages 8 to 13 with an interest in basketball. More than three million contestants participate every year, with competition at local, district, state, regional and national levels. Competitors have the opportunity to progress to the national finals in Springfield, Mass.

Government update for Dec. 1

MCTA Board meeting When: 11:30 a.m. today Where: Second-floor conference room, Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way Agenda: • Introduction: Call to order/roll call

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Former MCHS coach, AD to lead freshmen hoops team

Jim Loughran is back in a place where he’s spent a good portion of his life: the Moffat County High School gym. And, he’s rejoining a sport that’s been part of his life for more than 30 years. “I’ve never really been away from it,” he said. Loughran is the new coach for the freshmen boys basketball team, a familiar position for the former MCHS mainstay, though in a different capacity.

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Moffat County Clerk-elect Lila Herod rejoins office staff after 8-month absence

There is something visitors coming through the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office have said to Craig resident Lila Herod that she has never heard before. It is something Herod said is fulfilling to know. “They say, ‘It’s good to see you back here where you belong,’” she said. “That’s nice. It is good for me to see them, too. I do feel back at home.”

Craig Briefs: Coat hand-outs set for Craig, Dinosaur

Coat hand-outs set for Craig, Dinosaur Love In The Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley has upcoming coat distribution dates scheduled for December. Coats will be distributed from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Friendship United Methodist and Seventh-day churches at the corner of Seventh and Barclay streets.

Datebook for Dec. 1

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Aging Well Program sponsors Wellness Wednesdays for adults ages 50 and older at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Options include art, writing and exercise classes. Lunch is served at each week’s lunchtime presentation. Call 871-7676. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Love In The Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley has a coat distribution at Friendship United Methodist and Seventh-day churches at the corner of Seventh and Barclay streets. Anyone who needs a coat may receive one regardless of their income. Love INC limits residents to one coat per person per year. Call Love INC at 826-4400.

Max S. Snare: ‘Stay in good, old Craig’

To the editor: Oh dear. Look out. There’s a deer. Run for your life, hide in the house. My poor little lap dog is running for cover. Maybe I should move to Florida, but wait — don’t the alligators come into your yard and pool in Florida? I know. I’ll go to Arizona, but wait — don’t they have rattlesnakes and maybe killer bees in Arizona?

Ron and Betty Gorbet: ‘Are you people serious?’

To the editor: First we are told that one of the most docile and timid creatures on this planet has turned vicious and started killing dogs and standing up to people who are chasing them with brooms, and now if you sit in the grass or are in contact with deer droppings, you are going to catch some dreaded disease. Are you people serious? After doing some extensive research, we found one undocumented case of Elk droppings making eight children in Evergreen sick with Ecoli.

Editorial: Honoring a hero

The headline on Monday’s Craig Daily Press front page story, “Worthy of Far Greater,” was a fitting description of a recent effort to recognize Major William E. Adams, a late Craig resident and recipient of the Medal of Honor. On Saturday, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 members gathered on the side of Colorado Highway 13 for a dedication ceremony. The veterans were there to name Moffat County’s portion of the highway after Adams, the U.S. Army pilot whose heroic efforts to rescue wounded soldiers in Vietnam resulted in him posthumously receiving the highest military distinction our country has to offer.

Annie's Mailbox: Pregnancy puts woman in bind

Dear Annie: I am a 22-year-old single mother. Two weeks ago, I left my boyfriend when he began to be physically abusive in front of our child. We currently are under a court order to have no contact with each other, but I keep in close touch with his parents.

Hayden tree fundraiser is Sunday

Organizers optimistic about raising money for local groups

Hayden Christmas Tree Fes­tival organizer Lori Laird said she hopes the annual fundraising event, in spite of the economic recession, is as successful as last year’s. Laird, of the Friends of the Christmas Tree Festival group, said the 2009 event raised nearly $5,000 for local nonprofit groups.

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October unemployment hits 9.2 percent in Routt County

Jobless rate up from September’s 8.5 percent

More than 1,200 jobless Routt County residents could be affected by a loss of federal benefits that expired Tuesday after an extension failed in the U.S. Senate. Routt County’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in October, an increase from 8.5 percent in September.

Horoscope for Dec. 1

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — A unique situation might develop in which you start out doing a favor for another, but end up with large gains occurring for you as well, due to a surprise twist. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — A staunch supporter working behind the scenes on your behalf will be help you fulfill an ambitious aim. When you hear about it, you will be thankful for his/her aid.